Government and medical aids may be uncomfortable but necessary bedfellows.
The latest annual report published by the Council for Medical Schemes highlights hospital and specialist services as the two primary costs drivers.
One of the factors negatively impacting the cost of healthcare delivery is the fragmentation of care.
When the government announced the National Health Insurance, many were unsure about how it would change the provision of healthcare in South Africa.
His reasoning has come in for much criticism, but the minister has no wish to continue the debate.