Ramaphosa says NHI will give universal healthcare for all South Africans

Ramaphosa says NHI will give universal healthcare for all South Africans

- President Ramaphosa has complete faith in the state's National Health Insurance plan

- He says the healthcare scheme will ensure that everyone is covered, whether they can financially contribute or not

- The president also said that all South Africans would be covered by 2025

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President Ramaphosa feels the government's National Health Insurance scheme will be a success and will change the way health insurance is done in South Africa.

The president says South Africa spends 8.5% of domestic funding (R420 billion) on health care - more than any other middle-income country. He added it is close to the amount spent by countries with advanced economies like Canada and the UK.

IOL News reports the health insurance scheme will be implemented in increments, starting in 2019. President Ramaphosa believes that by 2025, every South African will be covered.

The NHI aims to give all South Africans - and long-term residents - comprehensive healthcare, whether they can make a financial contribution to the fund or not.

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Briefly.co.za reported earlier on how the NHI scheme will amount to around R357 billion, according to a study by Solidarity. The study found that VAT would have to be doubled to pay for the scheme.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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