The South African government recently confirmed a change of policy that will end free medical assistance for foreigners. Social media users had a lot to say in response.
Gauteng MEC for Health, Gwen Ramokgopa, advised that foreigners will no longer receive free assistance from public hospitals and clinics.
According to government, the new budget simply does not allow for it.
Briefly.co.za shared the news and invited readers to share their thoughts on the matter.
The results made for interesting reading as many South Africans sided with the new ruling.
Rudolph Haas said, “Yes, I fully agree, why should we, taxpayers support foreigners, I worked for several years in foreign countries, nowhere will you receive free medical treatment.”
Takwana Nheya added, “I totally agree with her though the word foreigner must also extend to white immigrants. A foreigner can come from Malawi , Zimbabwe and even England or Sweden.”
However, many foreign nationals hit back and shared a different perspective.
Anton Chapepa said, “Damn man do u think SA can survive alone, what a joke, do u know how much SA earns from exports.”
Regina Ebot Agborabang added, “I pay tax every month that is use to pay about 4kids grant.”
Vongai Zhou said, “UN is still footing these bills since the movement of people increased....and we know that many countries are benefiting from these funds but just that the Government will not come out and let people know the truth of the matter...or else they wanna direct those funds into some different purposes which is very wrong.”
Nelly Letsholonyane commented: “This is not going to work when there is a person on the hospital steps sick or involved in an accident. No one can turn that person away based on citizenship or whether they are legally or illegally in South Africa.”
Shelly Ntomo shared some harsh words: “No. Now that would be cruel to those who don't have the means. It’s completely inhumane! No!”
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