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Mediclinic News : Motsoaledi defends NHI

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Motsoaledi defends NHI

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2016-10-28

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THE NEW AGE Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has hit at critics of the soon-to-be introduced National Health Insurance (NHI). Motsoaledi said same people were supporting the Fees Must Fall campaign without recognising the link between the two. "Education and health are two sides of the same coin but because there is a strong movement of students calling for free higher education people forget about health because there is no movement of patients protesting and burning things," he said. Motsoaledi made the comments during the launch of the Orbis eye health training programme. He said education ministries provided bursaries for the poor who could not afford the fees to further their studies, but the healthcare system only helped the rich through subsidising medical aids and tax incentives. "The NHI is not an attempt to destroy private healthcare, as some critics have claimed. It is to ensure that quality healthcare is made available to all the people of South Africa and not just the 4.4% that can afford it." Motsoaledi applauded the Orbis NGO on its initiative to prevent blindness and said it would benefit millions of South Africans as many were victims of preventable blindness. He said such programmes were vital in mitigating the shortages of skilled healthcare personnel in the public sector. He said of about 3 000 optometrists in the country, less than 1000 were in government centres. Aaron Motsoaledi Speaking at the same event, KZN Premier Willies Mchunu said the province looked forward to learning about best practices that would strengthen strategies aimed at improving eyecare services. "In this province we have set the targets of eliminating all avoidable causes of blindness by 2020," Mchunu said. "It is estimated that more than 34 000 people in KZN are blind due to treatable cataracts."
Created at 2016/10/31 08:42 AM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2016/10/31 08:42 AM by Mediclinic