Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni 
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4 Mar 2020
6:26 pm

SA far from ready for NHI rollout

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni 

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize's presentation to a parliamentary committee failed to impress, and raised questions about whether the country is ready to roll out its planned National Health Insurance Policy.

Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Failures in the National Health Insurance Phase 1 pilot project show that South Africa’s health system is nowhere near ready for universal health cover. This was according to the Democratic Alliance’s Siviwe Gwarube who sits on the portfolio committee on health in parliament. Yesterday Health Minister Zweli Mkhize and his delegation presented parliament with a report on the program’s progress over the past give years. The NHI piloting phase was based on piloting ten programmes, in all nine provinces and across 11 districts. It aims are re-engineering primary health care and strengthening the health system in preparation for the full...