The president says the system will deal a blow to South Africa’s “racialised, two-tier health system sustained on the basis of the uneven distribution of resources”. Government’s ambitious National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme is bound to succeed and deal a blow to South Africa’s “racialised, two-tier health system sustained on the basis of the uneven distribution of resources”, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday. Ramaphosa was speaking in Pretoria at a high-level NHI consultative meeting with representatives of various stakeholders in the country’s health care system.
“The NHI can and will be a success. We are a country that is spending R420 billion or 8.5% of domestic funding on health care. This is more than any other middle-income country, and it is very close to advanced economies such as the United Kingdom and Canada. We have decided to cover the whole country on an incremental basis,” Ramaphosa told the summit, attended by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, Acting Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi and several other dignitaries……more