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CAPE TIMES NHI needs to address inequality; public institutions must be fixed Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has criticised the country's health care system, saying it was riddled with disparities that did not exist anywhere else in the world. Motsoaledi said the persisting inequalities in health care consumption were flying in the face of South Africa's massive spend on health.com pared to many countries, which he said National Health Insurance (NHI) needed to address. He was speaking at the ANC's Luthuli House Headquarters where the party was holding its manifesto briefing on health, education, science and technology. Motsoaledi said the country was currently spending 8.7% of its entire GDP on health, but more than 50% of it was being consumed by just 16% of the population. "How do we continue running a health care system where 4.5% of the GDP goes to serve only 16% of the population? The remaining 4.2% of the GDP goes to serve a whopping 84% of the population. That situation exists nowhere in the world," Motsoaledi said. The DA and several interest groups have voiced their opposition to the NHL which they said would be costly and would fail because of the state of the public health care system. Motsoaledi said the ANC would have to make the implementation of NHI a priority, despite opposition to it, as it would ensure that the 8.7% of the GDP spent on health is distributed equitably to all citizens. "That is basically one of the fundamentals of why we need NHI. We have never denied that there are problems in the quality in public health care." Motsoaledi said the government was also working hard at ensuring that the problems in public health care were addressed, including through the convening of last year's health care summit by President Cyril Ramaphosa. "We have drawn up a plan and that plan culminated in the opening of the war room in the Presidency, and we have drawn up the plan on how to fix the health care system in the country as a whole. "But the first place of fixing health care is equity. You can't keep on having a grossly inequitable health care system which exists nowhere in the world," he said. He said many European countries were spending 9% of their GDP on health and they had no problems. Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor said the government would have to work hard to make TVET Colleges fashionable in order to encourage young people to see them as alternative for tertiary education, which she said would decrease the influx into universities. She said while universities needed more investment, TVET colleges were crucial in terms of addressing a critical skills shortage, but that they were often overlooked.
Created at 2019/04/08 11:20 AM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2019/04/08 11:20 AM by Mediclinic