I’ll pay for their sake

2011-08-20 16:48

Mantiseng Komane is a career woman responsible for her two siblings’ medical care, and is quietly optimistic that the national health insurance (NHI) scheme might lessen her burden.

Komane’s medical aid plan excludes her two younger brothers, aged 24 and 17, and she often has to dig deep into her pockets to pay for their medical care.

An information technology administrator and business woman from Observatory, Johannesburg, Komane (34), is upbeat that the NHI might lessen the burden on her by catering for her beloved siblings at a lower cost.

“If I am to pay an extra R455 a month (based on her income) towards the NHI, I would expect the services at public hospitals to improve dramatically. I am a sickly person, being in and out of hospital and understand the need for proper healthcare,” she said.

Komane said she would not mind contributing as long as she received additional healthcare and more people were able to access it.

“It’s difficult being on medical aid when my siblings are not. I would be glad if the NHI provided better care for them.”

Komane said she would consider dropping her current medical aid if the NHI improved healthcare in government hospitals.

“Although I haven’t personally experienced bad treatment at public hospitals, I’ve seen and heard about it. I have seen bad things happen in the public healthcare system with people obviously in pain having to wait in long queues to be seen by a doctor. Some are attended to very late.”

She said she would appreciate it if the NHI would help employ more doctors and provide the life-saving equipment that was lacking in some hospitals. ­

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