Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has announced that a plan is in place to help foreign nationals with state healthcare in South Africa but is keeping the details quiet. The chances that this plan will be unveiled before the elections is highly unlikely according to recent reports.
Aaron Motsoaledi, Health Minister has confirmed that a plan has been put into place to assist foreigners with medical care in South Africa.
According to The Citizen, the ANC has a plan to deal with undocumented migrants losing access to the public health sector but will keep it under wraps until after the elections.
ANC leaderships has made numerous statements concerning the recent announcement to cut funding to foreign nationals in state hospitals and clinics.
During an ANC briefing yesterday, Motsoaledi commented that migrants are left vulnerable when they need access to medical assistance.
The Health Minister confirmed that a plan has been put in place to remedy this situation, saying that the plan may be based on the constitution, international conventions and global practices. Nevertheless, Motsoaledi refused to go into more detail.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier this year that the Health Department intended to cut medical assistance for foreign nationals, claiming that their bloated budget could no longer sustain providing them with the help they needed.
This announcement from Motsoaledi echoes the Democratic Alliance's reaction to the cut, with Solly Malatsi, DA National Spokesman, commenting that:
“At this stage, we are currently dealing with healthcare facilities that don’t have an adequate number of doctors, medical interns not being paid and placed on time, and infrastructural collapse, so if we do implement the NHI in this current state, the problems will remain,”
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