Health: ‘right time for national insurance’

2008-12-11 00:00

A national health insurance scheme for South Africa is definitely on the cards and will be implemented in the next five years.

KZN ANC leader Dr Zweli Mkhize said a decision was taken as far back as 1994 to institute such a system, but it could not be carried out then.

At the Polokwane conference, the ANC decided the time is right to work towards introducing it.

Mkhize said he believes that for a national health system to work there has to be greater collaboration between the public and private sectors and greater equity.

For example, he said, the total health budget for all provinces in SA, which serves 85% of the population, is less than the total budget available to all medical aid schemes.

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