Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is expected to release two bills on Thursday which could make universal health care a reality for South Africans.

The National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill and the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill have caused a “hurricane” and will complement each other, Motsoaledi said in his budget vote speech in the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday.

“This question of universal health coverage, which we call NHI, is not going to leave the world unshaken,” Motsoaledi said. He described NHI as the “land question” of health.

“In the same way the land issue is raging all over the country, NHI is going to rage in a similar way, not only in the field of health but in the economic and social lives of our people,” he said. ….more