The pharmacy profession plays a critical role in the National Health Insurance (NHI), says the department of health.

The NHI Bill currently in Parliament has the objective to achieve universal access to quality health care services in South Africa by Section 27 of the constitution.

According to Precious Matsoso the director-general of the department of health, the medicine value chain plays a critical role in the overall performance of the health system under NHI. “The pharmacy professional is the key to managing the medicine value chain effectively, ensuring the success of NHI as, without medicines, treatment programmes cannot succeed,” she says, adding that patients need to have a dependable supply of the right medicines, available at the right time, in the right quantity, at the right place…..more