On Friday 21 August 2015 the Western Cape Department of Health (WC DoH) will host the third provincial Public Private Health Forum (PPHF) of the year to discuss financial interrelationships between the private and public sectors.

The previous PPHF in May brought together a record number of attendees from both sectors to discuss health innovation. This month’s forum is expected to attract an even larger audience due to its significance in helping to bridge the healthcare gap in the province.

The first item on the agenda will be revenue opportunities from relationships with the public health sector, where Director of Enterprise Development at the Department of Economic Development, Joshua Wolmarans, will give an overview of the government procurement process. He’s expected to cover the regulatory framework; supply chain process for goods and services and infrastructure; what happens to unsolicited bids; and provide information on the WC supplier database.

Public Health Technical Assistant and Advisor to the Government Technical Advisory Committee (GTAC), National Treasury, Nomvula Marawa, will follow with a presentation on lessons learned from Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).

The second half of the forum will focus on revenue from claims against public sector bodies. Manager of the Legal, Compliance and Regulation Department, Charlene Louw, will talk about the new Road Accident Benefit Scheme; and Director of Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases at the Department of Labour, Xola Mnene, will do a presentation on compensation for occupational injuries and diseases.

On the upcoming PPHF and the importance of PPPs in facilitating better healthcare, Head of the WC DoH, Dr Beth Engelbrecht, said: “We want to create an environment in our sector where the public and private sectors take co-responsibility. We encourage stakeholders and role players in health to innovate solutions to achieve the objectives of improving the patient experience in the sector, improving wellness in our communities and ensure good value for money.”

“Our health facilities experience more than 20 million interactions with patients in one year, which means that our department probably is dealing with citizens more than any other department. The PPHF affords us the opportunity to find new ways in which the needs in the public sector could be matched with the expertise in the private sector. Collectively we should strive for an improvement of the overall public health sector aligned to our vision and values as articulated in the Strategic Plan, Healthcare 2030. Demands and burden of disease is increasing whilst our resources decrease in real terms. We need to find new solutions to provide good healthcare, do more with what we have and at the same time live up to the expectations of our patients,” continued Dr Engelbrecht.

The WC Minister of Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, will also be in attendance and offer closing comments on what was presented and how it’ll shape the WC DoH’s strategy going forward.

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