Minister: NHI will redistribute R200 billion spent privately to all

Minister: NHI will redistribute R200 billion spent privately to all

- Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says that the National Health Insurance will see South Africans provided with access to healthcare

- Mkhize says that the private health sector is enjoying billions but only services a small fraction of the populace

- With the introduction of the bill, the combined spending of both the private and public sector will aid in ensuring citizens are cared for

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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says that the NHI Bill will provide healthcare to all citizens regardless of how deep their pockets are.

Speaking to 702, Mkhize revealed that the private health sector was pulling profit but only caring for a relatively tiny number of people:

"As we sit today, the private medical sector is spending about R200bn for only 15% of the population and the government is spending around the same amount. If we put the two together and distribute it in an equitable manner inside the system, it will help more people."

The minister explained that while the public sector has been somewhat inefficient in the past, the problem remained solvable.

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South Africa's current economic difficulties should also not be seen as a reason not to move forward with the policy, according to Mkhize:

"Most of the developed countries started this scheme when their economies were very poor. We have consulted a number of them and they say you cannot wait until your economy is better before you start because part of improving the economy is also improving health access to all the people." recently reported that the bill had received backlash from private doctors, who are adamant that the changes will see the collapse of the private healthcare industry.

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