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NHI to be expedited

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2017-02-20

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DAILY NEWS Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi believes the government's radical economic transformation plan will speed up the full implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI). Motsoaledi told Independent Media at the weekend that while in other countries it had taken longer, in South Africa it would be implemented within 14 years. South Africa has roped in France to help with the NHI. Motsoaledi said he was with the French ministers on Thursday and they told him France and Britain were taking about 50 years to implement universal health coverage. It was accelerated by World War II because many people needed medical care. "In South Africa, people are still debating whether NHI will be expensive or not. Every country has gone through that. I suspect this radical economic transformation will spur us on," Motsoaledi said. He said in many countries, corporates opposed universal health coverage. In the US, former president Barack Obama was taken to court by big corporates over Obamacare, and he won three times. His successor, Donald Trump, wants to scrap Obamacare. There are 11 pilot sites for NHI across South Africa. The government is also focusing on the health of schoolchildren as part of the pilot project. Motsoaledi said NHI was key to the development of the country He said when Obama introduced Obamacare, he put 20 million Americans on it. Many Americans use private health care, but Obamacare accommodated those who could not afford private health care. Motsoaledi said in the NHI pilot sites, they were integrating private health care with public health care. They contracted 390 general practitioners when the project started, and it took off very slowly They now wanted to rope in specialists.
Created at 2017/02/27 05:04 PM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2017/02/27 05:04 PM by Mediclinic