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Byline: Shoks Mzolo
MEDICINE PRICING Sickening disparities Health minister averts a showdown by raising mark-up cap on drugs WHAT IT MEANS Dispensing doctors were losing out. Pharmacists gained due to legal vacuum.
Change is always good. That sums up how drug-dispensing doctors feel now as the newish health minister, Barbara Hogan, moves in to raise the doctors' mark-up cap from the current 16% to a more reasonable 30%-40% limit. By taking this route, Hogan has not only averted a legal showdown but ensured that rural and township communities don't end up without dispensing doctors.
Practitioners like Dr Makgale Motlanthe on the Johannesburg West …