The 20th BHF Annual Southern African Conference was held between 21 and 24 July 2019 at the International Convention Centre in Cape Town. Over 1 000 delegates from the healthcare industries of over 20 regional and international countries attended, including healthcare executives, professionals, principal officers of medical schemes, policy makers, regulators, government officials and representatives of international organisations. The conference featured guest speakers from across the SADC region, the USA, Kenya, Ireland, India and Germany among other speakers, and dignitaries including, the Namibian Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services Juliet Kavetuna, Namibian Deputy Minister of Finance Paulos Ithete, Namibian Member of Parliament Heather Sibungo, Director General: National Department of Health Ms Malebo Precious Matsoso and Gauteng MEC for Health in Gauteng Dr Bandile Masuku.
Various organisations were represented, including medical schemes, pharmaceutical companies, administrators, investment houses, government departments, managed care organisations and international bodies such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
The conference provided a platform for delegates to share, discuss and debate ideas and strategies. There were also great opportunities throughout the four days of conference for delegates to network and socialise with their like-minded peers.
The 2030 Healthcare Scenarios were also launched during the conference, to unpack what the future of healthcare could look like in 2030 should the status quo continue to be sustained.
Informed by a set of scenario planning methodologies, through various engagements, a team of 40 industry experts conducted a series of engagements that focused on defining the game and identifying the players, while envisioning what winning would look like. They developed four healthcare scenarios which were launched at the conference.