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Mediclinic News : NHI BILL DEVIATES FROM GOAL OF UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE

Title

NHI BILL DEVIATES FROM GOAL OF UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE

Date

2019-10-31

Link

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2019-10-31-nhi-bill-deviates-from-goal-of-universal-health-coverage/

News Description

DAILY MAVERICK Under the current bill, refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants will get only limited access to healthcare. Since the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill was introduced to Parliament on 8 August 2019, the debate about the plan, which promises to fundamentally change healthcare in South Africa, has heated up. The latest version of the Bill proposes limited access to healthcare services for population groups such as asylum seekers and undocumented migrants. Currently, refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants from SADC states legally enjoy the same health benefits as South Africans, including being means-tested to determine the level of state subsidisation of the cost of their healthcare services. This is, however, not always true in reality as can be seen by the growing number of reported cases of migrants allegedly being refused access to healthcare services on the basis of their citizenship.
Created at 2019/11/04 09:08 AM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2019/11/04 09:08 AM by Mediclinic