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LET THE NHI BECOME THE COLLECTIVE SYSMBOL OF THE HEALTH OF OUR NATION AFTER THE 2019 ELECTION

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2019-05-24

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As the 2019 election year trudges along, I wish to use a tree as a metaphor to illustrate the interdependence of various components engaged in the health of our nation. The insurance and healthcare sector, much like the tree with mutually dependent parts, should work together to support the National Health Insurance NHI. Throughout history, trees have been used to portray concepts such as strength and beauty, and graphically to simplify complicated subjects such as genealogy and corporate structure. As our political leaders accelerate the implementation of the NHI after the 2019 elections, dendrologists remind us that during the course of its life, a tree will be trimmed, yet it will grow fresh bulbs, new branches, and another circle of growth. If one part of the tree is affected, the entire tree goes on the defensive. Trees that shed leaves reincarnate with the surrounding soil, grass, fungi and bacteria. Like a tree, the human body depends on a working system of interconnected parts for it to function optimally the digestion system helps to take in the nutrients and nourish the body; other vital parts such as the liver clears toxins, kidneys filter the blood and the heart pumps it. As a system, the NHI consists of a series of interconnected parts that need to function well in order for our healthcare to work well for all citizens. Therefore, we need to follow industrialised nations and make accessible, affordable healthcare for all a national priority. Statistics show that with close to 60 million people in our country, there are at least 48 million people who rely on the government for healthcare services, and just about 8.5 million who belong to medical aid schemes that use private healthcare facilities. As background, the White Paper on National Health Insurance states the following: • National Health Insurance seeks to trans form the South African healthcare system, with emphasis on the promotion of health and the prevention of diseases; • It also seeks to provide access to quality and affordable healthcare services for all South Africans based on their health needs, irrespective of their socioeconomic status; • NHI will be implemented within 14 years. During the past years, pilot districts were established in all nine provinces; • The cost of implementing the NHI is projected to be R225 billion by 2025; • About 80% of the medical specialists in the country are servicing only 16% of the population something the NHI is set to address; • Private insurance will not be excluded, but will largely serve to provide top up cover over and beyond the NHI benefits package. Like a tree, the NHI is a symbol of our collective resilience in the face of poor health. Here is why: Healthcare is one of the most important components of our quality of life. When people are sick, hurt or just not as healthy as they could be, their productivity suffers, the economy suffers, and their family wellbeing suffers; • The proposal for an NHI, which aims to create universal healthcare coverage for all the country's inhabitants, is the most significant development in South Africa's health care sector; many people carry only catastrophic insurance.”
Created at 2019/05/27 10:28 AM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2019/05/27 10:28 AM by Mediclinic