South Africa needs to stop talking about universal access to healthcare and start implementing projects and programmes that will make a real difference in people’s lives now.

This is according to a high-level panel discussion of chief executives from the private healthcare sector who were responding to the immediate National Health Insurance’s (NHI) priorities at the Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) conference currently underway at the Cape Town International Centre.

Speaking at the conference, Advisor on NHI, Vishal Brijlal, outlined the priorities as maternal health, the screening and treatment of paediatric cancer, school health, and care for the elderly and the disabled and mental health screening.

Brijlal pointed out that having a policy was not sufficient – policy needed to be followed by planning, implementation, and cooperation: “We will not just wake up one morning and there will be universal healthcare.”….more

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