National Health Insurance: quick facts

2011-08-13 16:01

» NHI is aimed at providing universal coverage and access to quality medical care for the country’s poor.

Mandatory contributions will be determined by an individual’s ability to pay.

» All South Africans, legal permanent residents, short-term residents and foreign students must enroll and make appropriate payments.

» It will primarily be paid for through tax revenue and mandatory NHI contributions. Employers will also pay into the scheme.

Private healthcare schemes will be allowed to continue but there will be no tax subsidies for those who choose to maintain their plans.

» No South African or legal resident can opt out of NHI, even if they keep private insurance.

» NHI contributions will be collected by the South African Revenue Service. Funding will flow through the
National Health Insurance Fund Treasury.

» The capacity of medical, nursing and other health schools will be increased to overcome the lack of skilled professionals required by the NHI plan.

The plan calls for six flagship hospitals to be built and 122 nursing colleges refurbished by 2012.

» Pilot NHI programmes will be rolled out from next year to better determine costs and coverage.

» Registration for the public will start from April 2012.

» The estimated cost of the plan is R125 billion in 2012, R214 billion in 2020 and R255 billion in 2025. 

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