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December 2014 Newsletter

A  Christmas Carol 2014/15

T’was the night before Christmas, with peace in the house,
Nobody stirred, not even a mouse,
But the GPs were working, oh YES you can bet
‘Cos all of the specialists had gone off to Plett!

Health Problems a’plenty in ’14 you know,
The NHI rollout……….. incredibly slow!
But there’s money in mounds (excepting for Health,)
Once you know the right guys, you’ll assemble great wealth!

Let’s look at the clinics, both Private and State,
They're  riddled with germs, the kind we all hate.
Our meds do not work for this kind of resistance,
We’ve overused “Pen” at the patient’s insistence!

No Tablets for Birthcontrol or Diabetes,
So again, Marie S***** must declare war on the foetus!
The Care is all “Managed” by Funders, No Profits?
Cash jingles about in administrator pockets!

“Private Healthcare’s too costly ”, the Minister cries,
“It’s wasteful and wicked,”
“We must treat more lives”
State coffers are empty, private health care still flies,
“That’s BAD “ says our JZ,” Now bring me more wives!”

Discovery and GEMS soon start GP selection
Referrals to specialists now through GP election,
There’s more to these new plans, than just A,B,C
Some providers are cross, others filled with glee!
Peer review will be there for patient protection,
And I-PADs and SHMI-PADS, here’s doctor perfection.
And what if the doc just forgets to make notes?
In trouble will be all those guys in white coats!

With SAMA in Drama,
The IPAs soar,
WE WILL MAKE GPS,
THE GATEKEEPER,
SUCCESFUL ONCE MORE!

What to do if your practice is profiled as RED?
Does a Deathknell for practice hang over your head?
Just phone in to IPAF and discuss with your peers,
The solution’s right there, ‘tween your very own ears.
Cost and Quality is all we and you desire,
But we’re still learning too, so help us acquire
Your practice exceptions, to write into the system,
Just don’t try to cheat us,
Or you, we will blixem!

With great pomp and fanfare, the new Health Commission,
Investigates all for errs of omission.
Three doctors or more; that price collusion,
Three doctors or less, that’s total confusion.

On the cusp of this new year I’m sure you can see,
Health’s still in a mess, as ever can be.
There’s good will and greed in equal proportions,
There’s those really trying, others using contortions.

One thing is however quite clear as a steeple,
We’ve got to bring Quality health to more people.
Affordable, Accessible, and at the right price,
No thinking South African could even think twice!

We’re working on that for 2015,
Hard and long hours behind the scene.
But for now, whether private or in a PPP,
Just let the wine flow and party with glee.
CU NEXT YEAR!!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY 2015

- TONY BEHRMAN

Last modified on Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:38

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