Ramaphosa says healthcare system is in crisis, urgent intervention needed

Ramaphosa says healthcare system is in crisis, urgent intervention needed

- This was the conclusion reached by the president's Healthcare Summit held last year

- Among others, the report found that 75% of hospital budgets are used to pay staff

- The findings cast doubt on Ramaphosa's proposed National Health Insurance bill

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Cyril Ramaphosa has said that the country's healthcare system is in a state of crisis and needs immediate intervention.

This was the conclusion reached by the Presidential Health Care Summit Report, released on Tuesday by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

This comes after Ramaphosa's SONA speech, where he promised that an ambitious National Health Insurance Bill would soon be passed in Parliament.

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The new report was the result of the health care summit which Ramaphosa hosted in October last year. The summit's goal was to find ways of tackling issues facing the healthcare system.

The report found that three quarters of hospital budgets are used to pay staff, according to Eyewitness News. Additionally, it recommends that the moratorium on human resources be scrapped.

The report did not bode well for Ramaphosa's proposed healthcare bill, which would provide free healthcare for all South Africans regardless of where they live.

Already, there have been reports that Cabinet the bill, but Motsoaledi denied these claims. He added that citizens just needed to be patient and wait for the bill.

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The proposed legislation would seek to address the massive disparities in people's access to healthcare depending on where they they live.

One's place of birth plays a decisive role in the kind of health services South Africans receive. 

For example, 97.7% of babies born in Ethekwini municipality in KwaZulu-Natal are fully vaccinated, while only 55.7% of those born in the Eastern Cape's Sarah Baartman district are.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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