- Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has admitted he doesn’t know the real cost of implementing the National Health Insurance (NHI) programme
- He admitted that the R259 million figure he previously mentioned was nothing more than a thumb-suck by an accounting firm
- Motsoaledi maintained that funding the NHI would not impact the cost of private healthcare in South Africa
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has admitted that he doesn’t actually know then true rands and cents number of what it would cost to implement the National Health Insurance (NHI) programme.
The minister admitted that the R259 million figure had previously and repeatedly quoted in the media was nothing more than a thumb-suck by an accounting company.
Despite being caught in a lie Motsoaledi remained committed to implementing the NHI and said it would not impact the cost of private healthcare in South Africa.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Motsoaledi said the current state of the public healthcare system in South Africa was not entirely his fault and was as a result of an extraordinarily expensive private healthcare system.
Motsoaledi said the fees which private healthcare providers charged were nothing less than blackmail and amounted to daylight-robbery.
The minister said successfully implementing the NHI would be another step in addressing the socio-economic inequalities which still pervade South Africa.
Thesouthafrican.com reported that Motsoaledi said the current healthcare system was unfair to everyone in the country.
Motsoaledi said the NHI would be funded, like free education, pensions and social grants, by the four tiers of tax which is collected by the state.
Worryingly for those controlling the government’s already stretched purse strings, Motsoaledi said it was impossible to balance the books against service delivery and human life. This was in response to the costs and importantly the sustainability of the NHI.
The proposed NHI has been slammed by critics as being unaffordable for South Africa.
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