National Health Insurance: quick facts

2011-08-13 16:01

» NHI is aimed at providing universal coverage and access to quality medical care for the country’s poor.

Mandatory contributions will be determined by an individual’s ability to pay.

» All South Africans, legal permanent residents, short-term residents and foreign students must enroll and make appropriate payments.

» It will primarily be paid for through tax revenue and mandatory NHI contributions. Employers will also pay into the scheme.

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Private healthcare schemes will be allowed to continue but there will be no tax subsidies for those who choose to maintain their plans.

» No South African or legal resident can opt out of NHI, even if they keep private insurance.

» NHI contributions will be collected by the South African Revenue Service. Funding will flow through the
National Health Insurance Fund Treasury.

» The capacity of medical, nursing and other health schools will be increased to overcome the lack of skilled professionals required by the NHI plan.

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The plan calls for six flagship hospitals to be built and 122 nursing colleges refurbished by 2012.

» Pilot NHI programmes will be rolled out from next year to better determine costs and coverage.

» Registration for the public will start from April 2012.

» The estimated cost of the plan is R125 billion in 2012, R214 billion in 2020 and R255 billion in 2025. 

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