South Africa 30.1.2014 01:46 pm

Ngcobo to chair private health probe

FILE PICTURE:  Former Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo. Picture: Sabrina Dean.

FILE PICTURE: Former Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo. Picture: Sabrina Dean.

Retired judge Sandile Ngcobo has been appointed to chair the market inquiry into private health care, the Competition Commission announced on Thursday.

The panel also includes Professor Sharon Fonn, acting dean of health sciences at Wits; Ntuthuko Bhengu, who served on the Pharmaceutical Pricing Committee Working Group; Lungiswa Nkonki, a senior lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch who holds a PhD in economics; and Cornelis van Gent, an economist with extensive experience in competition economics.

“This is undoubtedly the best panel we could come up with,” said acting commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele.

“It has the right balance of skills, varied and distinguished experiences as well as impeccable integrity. In short we have the right panel for this important task for the nation and we look forward to its recommendations.”

The inquiry would probe the private health care sector to determine the factors that restrict, prevent or distort competition, increases in private health care prices and spending in the country.

“The panel will gather evidence and insights into private health care through public hearings, reviews of secondary material, information requests, consultations and summons, as required,” said the commission.

The five-member panel would oversee public hearings, review submissions, draft the inquiry report and produce its final recommendations.

The panel would be supported by a team of investigators comprising the commission’s economists, lawyers and expert consultants.

The inquiry would be completed by November 30 next year.

Sapa

 

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