Primary health first, then NHI - official

2011-07-21 23:04

Bloemfontein - The National Health Insurance (NHI) would need a strong primary health care system for it to work effectively, a director in the national department of health, Khethisa Taole, said on Thursday.

“We need to make sure primary health care works better in each and every area of the country, in rural and urban communities,” he told delegates at a 'Primary Health Care Re-Engineering' summit in Bloemfontein.

Taole said government had put aside R2bn over the next three years for the "re-engineering" of primary health care in the country.

He said "re-engineering" was about improving the health system’s effectiveness.

"We need to make sure we have efficient numbers of doctors, nurses to provide better care."

If primary health care in South Africa does not work, it would create serious problems for the implementation of the NHI, Taole said.

He told delegates that the implementing of national insurance usually takes a long time.

“In some countries it has taken more than 10 years.”

Taole said it was important that everybody in public health care understood what the re-engineering of the primary health care system was about, because they need to know how to prepare for the NHI.

  • jen - 2011-07-22 07:33

    If the Health Department cannot run rural clinics (the most basic form of healthcare)how will they manage an ambitious project like the NHI. Before NHI can be implemented, the existing system should provide a good working basis.

  • biskit - 2011-07-22 07:35

    Viva Manto

  • whatno - 2011-07-22 09:28

    We shall see. I for one am not looking forward to it

  • DeonOlivier - 2011-07-22 10:23

    The friggen idiots cannot even provide clean tap water or toilets now they want NHI for F's sake. This is not sweden or the uk where 85% of the population has decent work and are able to contribute to these hair brained schemes that only ensure that everyone only gets the same abhorrent service because of typical government maladministration and corruption. This is just a blatant scheme to get their paws on more money to loot. I am amazed at the apathy of the south african tax payer in this regard or has everyone just given up? Are Saffer tax payers just a bunch of Limp D*cks??

  • VELOCITY - 2011-07-22 13:10

    "Re- engineering"? What the director is actually saying is that they will get rid of all the white healthcare workers and employ Cuban and black docters in their place who will work for half the salary. Then they will force all the private clinics around the country to open their doors to the millions of wretched and infected. Five years later the health system in SA will be shot to hell.

  • Matadoress - 2011-08-12 08:39

    South Africans this government of your is going to loot so baaad, that by the time you open your eyes to see what has hit you Somalia would have moved to SA. Watch that space. I for one am tirrrrreed of defending this government of common thieves. Can somebody please tell me with the electricity costs going up, the over priced Gautrain, road users tarrifs and now the NHI just where the frikin hell is my tax going and where has it been going throughout the years?

  • RFreeThinker - 2011-08-17 22:59

    Well done, someone said something good finally. You need to improve the State Primary Health System first before you can institute an NHI. This is obvious but has been lost on many party drones.

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