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Mediclinic News : NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE NEARS IMPLEMENTATION

Title

NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE NEARS IMPLEMENTATION

Date

2019-07-01

Link

https://zululandobserver.co.za/194423/national-health-insurance-nears-implementation/

News Description

National Health Insurance (NHI), which has already been piloted in three districts in the province, is nearing implementation. This was announced by Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize last week, who said the bill would soon be tabled in Parliament. ‘The unresolved issues of unaffordable private health care and poor levels of service delivery in the public sector have impacted negatively on our national health care system. He said making progress towards universal health coverage, therefore, requires a transformation of the health system. In 2017 Deputy Director General for NHI in KZN, Mfowethu Zungu, said the King Cetshwayo District had already begun paving the way for the full implementation of health insurance. Zungu outlined a number of projects, including upgrades at Queen Nandi and Ngwelezana hospitals to ensure readiness for the health system. He said they were also working on ensuring that all hospital and clinic records are electronically captured for when NHI is implemented so that every patient has a unique identification number. He said universal access to health will ensure that all South Africans, employed or unemployed are provided with essential health care. ‘It will allow for access to comprehensive health care services free of charge at accredited health facilities such as clinics, hospitals and private health practitioners closest to where people live and work.
Created at 2019/07/08 10:27 AM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2019/07/08 10:27 AM by Mediclinic