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GSMA Decision Support Toolkit SA _FINAL

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Analysis of Mobile Health Opportunities in South Africa The findings of the GSMA Mobile Health Decision Support Toolkit
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Analysis of Mobile Health Opportunities in South Africa The Findings of the GSMA Mobile Health Decision Support Toolkit 1 Contents Descriptors 2 Abbreviations 3 Scope of the Document 4 Executive Summary 5 The Challenges Facing Healthcare in South Africa 5 The Potential of Mobile Health to Deliver Positive Change 5 Key Opportunities for the Future 6 Overview of South Africa 8 Introduction to the South African Healthcare Sector 9 Opportunities within the Payer System 10 Medical Insurance 10 Out-of-Pocket 11 Government 13 Opportunities within the Producer System 15 Medical Devices 15 Pharmaceuticals 16 Opportunities within the Provider System 19 Private Healthcare 19 Public Healthcare 20 Opportunities within the Consumer System 22 The Insured Patient 23 The Uninsured Patient 23 South African Mobile Industry 25 Market Players 25 Mobile Cellular Subscribers 26 South African Mobile Health Industry 28 Mobile Health Stakeholders 28 South Africa Challenges for Mobile Health 30 South Africa Conclusion 31 Appendices 32 Appendix 1: Payer Medical Insurance 32 Appendix 2: Payer Out-of-Pocket 33 Appendix 3: Payer Government 34 Appendix 4: Producer Medical Devices 37 Appendix 5: Producer Pharmaceuticals 38 Appendix 6: Provider Private 39 Appendix 7: Provider Public 41 Appendix 8: Consumer Insured 43 Appendix 9: Consumer Uninsured 44
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Analysis of Mobile Health Opportunities in South Africa The Findings of the GSMA Mobile Health Decision Support Toolkit 2 Descriptors Term Used Descriptor Clinical Practitioner Included in the definition are general practitioners, specialist doctors and allied healthcare practitioners (physiotherapist, occupational therapist, etc.). Healthcare Consumer Consumers include the total population that access healthcare services in South Africa. Subdivided into two population groups: the medically insured (private); and the medically uninsured (public). Healthcare Payer Includes all payers of healthcare services in South Africa: the South African Government; the medical insurance industry; and out-of-pocket payments made by consumers (both insured as a co-payment and uninsured as a fee-for-service type transaction). Healthcare Producer Producers are considered to be the medical device and pharmaceutical sectors. Healthcare Provider Providers of Total healthcare services in South Africa include private providers, public providers and the NGO sector. The NGO sector was not analysed in this report due to the relatively insignificant contribution to overall services. Mobile Health Mobile Health broadly encompasses the use of mobile telecommunication and multimedia technologies as they are integrated within increasingly mobile and wireless healthcare delivery systems (Istepanian & Lacal, 2003). It can be define d as “mobile computing, medical sensor, and communications technologies for health care” (Istepanian, 2004).
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