National Health Insurance update

2017-03-15 06:04
‘Izinyanga’ (traditional healers) and the clinic committee at the NHI stakeholder’s meeting.

‘Izinyanga’ (traditional healers) and the clinic committee at the NHI stakeholder’s meeting.

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THE Umzinyathi Department of Health hosted a meeting in Dundee on March 2 to outline the implementation of the first phase of the National Health Insurance (NHI) which will be a major boost to the 93% of the community who do not have medical aid and rely on government health services.

Acting District Manager, Gugu Shabangu, stated it was important for Umzinyathi district health sector to work together with stakeholders by giving feedback on the work that has been achieved so far and outline the year’s plans with the aim of seeking community input on how to channel their services as needed.

Shabangu said: “We planned to meet with all DoH stakeholders to give a feedback on NHI since its inception in 2012 and seek input from stakeholders on future plans and priorities.

“We also want to share the NHI White Paper with all the forums within Umzinyathi so that everybody understands the whole NHI and its objectives.”

Among stakeholders at the meeting were sector departments of Operation Sukuma Sakhe, Umvoti Speaker Cllr W. Khoza, Endumeni Cllr I. Bedassi, religious leaders, traditional healers, NGOs, clinic committees, hospital boards and CCGs.

The meeting also told the more than 200 stakeholders about the White Paper on National Health Insurance. The implementation of NHI will take place in three phases over a 14- year period.

Meeting attendants applauded the work done by the district and their contributions to the health system.

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