Don’t expect an NHI miracle by April 1 – Motsoaledi

2012-03-22 12:26

Members of the public should not expect to see “tangible” differences in the quality of healthcare by April 1, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has warned.

Motsoaledi announced the ten districts where the National Health Health Insurance (NHI) scheme will be piloted from next month in Pretoria today.

These are: OR Tambo in the Eastern Cape, Vhembe in Limpopo, Gert Sibande in Mpumalanga, Pixley ka Seme in the Northern Cape, Eden in the Western Cape, Dr K Kaunda in North West, Thabo Mofutsanyana in the Free State, Tshwane in Gauteng, and uMzinyathi and uMgungundlovu in KwaZulu-Natal.

The KwaZulu-Natal government has volunteered to pilot a third district from its own budget, Motsoaledi said. The province has budgeted R110 million towards this project.

However, Motsoaledi said the national government will support the provincial department where it needs assistance.

Said Motsoaledi: “What people will see is the improvement of the quality of healthcare, revitalisation of structures and hiring of district specialists. We will also try to contract private doctors in the selected districts but this will not happen in April or not even May.”

The NHI is a government scheme that aims to ensure that all South Africans have access to quality healthcare irrespective of their race and socio-economic status. It will be phased in over 14 years and by that time the government hopes that the public would be able to visit a private doctor or hospital without paying up front.

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