Gauteng Health MEC says migrants and children will have access to NHI

Gauteng Health MEC says migrants and children will have access to NHI

- Dr Bandile Masuku says that foreign nationals will be able to make use of NHI funding

- He also dismissed concerns over the quality of some public health facilities

- Masuku says that NHI funding will improve these conditions

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Gauteng Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku says that migrants and their children will have access to the NHI.

He says that this will include asylum-seekers.

The Bill aims to create a single pool for healthcare finding, which all citizens as well as migrants will be able to use.

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"The NHI fund guarantees that registered migrants, asylum seekers, etc - you will still have access," Masuku told News24.

This proposal is commensurate with the Constitution's guarantee that all should have access to healthcare, according to Business Tech.

Currently, the Gauteng Health Department does not have a way to provide funding for migrants' medical care, Briefly.co.za has gathered. According to Masuku, the department has tried to recoup the funds for health services from migrants' countries of origin, but this method is not always viable.

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The NHI Bill was introduced to Parliament last week week and has since been at the centre of much debate. The proposal has both ardent supporters and detractors. For example, some concerns have been raised about the quality of many public healthcare facilities.

However, Masuku has dismissed these concerns, saying that the increase in funding from the NHI will improve the conditions at state hospitals. 

"I think introducing the NHI is part of the process of improving health care," he explained.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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