BMC Medical Ethics 14 (1):15 (2013)

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South Africa currently has a pluralistic health care system with separate public and private sectors. It is, however, moving towards a socialised model with the introduction of National Health Insurance. The South African legislative environment has changed recently with the promulgation of the Consumer Protection Act and proposed amendments to the National Health Act. Patients can now be viewed as consumers from a legal perspective. This has various implications for health care systems, health care providers and the doctor-patient relationship
Keywords Patients  Consumers  Health care  Consumerism  Commodification  Autonomy  Rights  Ethical  Legal  South African
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DOI 10.1186/1472-6939-14-15
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