Story by: Tebogo Moleya
Pretoria- Minister of health Zweli Mkhize briefed the media on the introduction of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill at Southern Sun Hotel Arcadia, 08 August.
The introduction of the Bill to Parliament is a legislative process where the Assembly and the National Council of Provinces engage on the mandates of the Bill as set out by South African Constitution.
The purpose of the NHI is to achieve a universal access to quality health care services in the South Africa, in accordance with section 27 of the Constitution, through the establishment of the NHI Fund.
The process encompasses 61 steps of engagement and re-engagement, including that of public participation.
The NHI seeks to optimize the available resources by pooling existing public funds and engaging the entire quantum of the sector so that in the end there is a single purchaser of health care services.
“This brings us one step closer to our goal of implementing the NHI and fulfilling our constitutional obligation to provide quality universal health care for all,” said Mkhize.
Mkhize explained the pressure of public health care system is currently facing and how the NHI bill will take off pressure on the public health care systems.
“The public health care system looks after 84% of our population with less resources than the private health system that services only 16% of the population,”
“All South Africans will benefit from high quality health care without worrying about of out of pocket expenses,” said Mkhize