Briefly News Explains National Health Insurance Act and What It Means for South Africans

Briefly News Explains National Health Insurance Act and What It Means for South Africans

  • Surrounded by various high-ranking health officials, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the NHI Bill into law earlier this month
  • A week after signing it, South Africans still have many questions about what impact this law will have on them
  • Briefly News' current affairs journalist Tebogo Mokwena created a video explaining the NHI and how it affects South Africans

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Tebogo Mokwena, a dedicated Briefly News current affairs journalist, contributed coverage of international and local social issues like health, corruption, education, service delivery protests and heritage in South Africa during his seven years at Daily Sun and Vutivi Business News.

Briefly News' current affairs writer Tebogo Mokwena unpacked the NHI in a video on X
In a video, Tebogo Mokwena, Briefly News' senior current affairs writer, explained the NHI. Images: Andrei Sauko/Getty Images and @TebogoTheScribe/X
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JOHANNESBURG— South Africans have had mixed reactions since President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the National Health Insurance (NHI) bill and enacted it as a law. Some welcomed it, and others spoke out against it. Briefly News' senior current affairs writer Tebogo Mokwena unpacked the NHI and its impact on South Africans.

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NHI explained in a simple video

Mokwena posted his explainer video on his X account, @TebogoTheScribe. In the video, Mokwena uses whiteboard animation to give an overview of the NHI Act, which Ramaphosa signed into law on 15 May.

Mokwena explains that contrary to popular belief, registered NHI users would not be allowed to walk into any private hospital and demand healthcare. He also cautioned against cancelling medical aid before the NHI is fully implemented.

He said:

"The NHI doesn't give South Africans the license to slide in and out of private healthcare. You have to follow the referral pathway. In the public healthcare system, you start at clinics, which is the first step and part of the primary healthcare level. If they aren't equipped to help, they send you to a community healthcare centre. If they can't help, they refer you to a district hospital. So private hospitals can chuck you out if you decide to wing it."

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Mmusi Maimane challenges Ramaphosa to cancel medical aid before signing NHI Bill

Similarly, Briefly News reported that BOSA president Mmusi Maimane challenged Ramaphosa to cancel his medical aid.

Maimane issued the challenge before Ramaphosa signed the bill into law and said the president should use public healthcare facilities if he had such faith in them.

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email:

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