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Mediclinic News : NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE MIGHT NOT BE THE ANSWER FOR SA

Title

NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE MIGHT NOT BE THE ANSWER FOR SA

Date

2019-08-12

Link

https://www.power987.co.za/news/national-health-insurance-might-not-be-the-answer-for-sa/

News Description

Most healthcare – including doctors’ visits, medicines, operations and hospital stays – will be free, for everyone in South Africa if the National Health Insurance (NHI) is implemented. The government has introduced the National Health Insurance Bill which has sparked a debate about feasibility and the cost attached to providing universal healthcare for citizens. The government says the aim of the NHI is to help medical scheme members with the high costs attached to medical aid. At the same time, it also acknowledges that state medical staff and hospitals can’t cope with treating the 83% of South Africans who don’t have medical aid. Speaking on POWER Drive on Monday, healthcare economist Paula Armstrong says: “The level of inequality and access to high-quality healthcare in South Africa is highly problematic. “The private healthcare services about 15% of the population and the rest of the population are reliant on a largely dysfunctional public healthcare sector.” Asked why the public healthcare sector is malfunctional, she replied: “I think it is largely a legacy issue of South Africa’s past. Any country hoping to provide universal access to high-quality healthcare needs to rely on both the public sector and the private sector.” A consultant of the South African Private Practitioners’ Forum (SAPPF), Johann Serfontein, says it is still not clear what the NHI will cost the government. “We are ten years down the line and we have no idea what this [NHI] is going to cost. And yet in the bill itself, says that it’s sustainable and affordable for South Africa.” South Africa needs to look at healthcare models that can work in South African environment, he adds.
Created at 2019/08/19 10:30 AM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2019/08/19 10:30 AM by Mediclinic