Chisom Jenniffer Okoye and Simnikiwe Hltshaneni
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6 Mar 2020
6:33 am

SA nowhere near ready for universal health cover – DA

Chisom Jenniffer Okoye and Simnikiwe Hltshaneni

'Government’s own findings on the pilots indicated the country was not ready for a phase two, and far from ready from implementing the NHI.'

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While the parliamentary committee on health welcomed the most recent report on the implementation of the first phase of the National Health Insurance (NHI), the Democratic Alliance (DA) said the failures in the project show that South Africa’s health system was nowhere near ready for universal health cover. This comes after the department of health briefed the committee on the NHI pilot districts evaluation report which revealed their programme’s progress over the past five years. The NHI piloting phase was based on piloting 10 programmes, in all nine provinces and across 11 districts. Committee chair Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo said they...