Jab-funding plan on the cards

State will pay, but private health care will help those with no medical backup

23 May 2021 - 05:20 By HILARY JOFFE

One week into the start of SA's big vaccine rollout, business and the government are working to try and finalise a funding mechanism that will enable some adults who don't have medical aid to receive their free vaccinations in private-sector pharmacies, doctor's rooms, workplaces or mass vaccine sites.

The mechanism would leverage SA's extensive private health-care infrastructure to ensure the rollout will meet its ambitious target of vaccinating the adult population by year-end. It would provide for private providers to be paid by the state to vaccinate a set number of non-medical-aid patients, just as they will get paid by the medical aids to vaccinate their members...

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