- The DA has come forward to criticise the National Health Insurance Bill, which was approved by the cabinet recently
- Siviwe Gwarube, DA Health Spokesperson, argued that the Bill would result in “slow delivery of care” and “mass corruption”
- Gwarube also added that the pilot projects for the Bill had failed across South Africa
The Democratic Alliance (DA), has made their position on the recent cabinet approval of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill clear, after the party’s Health Spokesperson, Siviwe Gwarube, spoke out against its implementation.
According to Times LIVE, Gwarube called the proposed NHI Bill a “perfect breeding ground for mass corruption and slow delivery of care”.
The Bill would see the creation and use of one single, state-run, medical fund, which would buy health services for both private and public sector patients.
Gwarube put forward the DA’s concern that this could take 25 years to implement, while the DA felt they could create a tax reform-funded universal healthcare system for South Africans that would only take 8 years to roll out.
“[Patients] need not wait for billions of rands that we do not have in order to have access to a good health system," Gwarube said.
The spokesperson also went on to express concern that “the NHI pilot projects across the country have failed in a spectacular fashion.”
Meanwhile, Health Minister for SA, Zweli Mkize, Briefly.co.za discovered, seemed to think that the country’s poor economic standing was not necessarily a downside when it came to implementing the NHI Bill:
“Most countries that had implemented NHI had done so when their economy was lowest. UK did so, Japan also did so," Mkize explained.
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