R1 480 is too much

2011-08-20 16:42

Ayasanga Besman’s eyes widen at the suggestion that he may have to contribute to government’s proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) – while at the same time paying towards his private medical scheme.

Besman’s job as a risk analyst at one of the leading banks in Joburg affords him the luxury of belonging to a medical scheme of his choice.

As such, he sees no point in making extra payments towards another, which he is not certain will cover all his needs.

“I understand where they’re coming from, but I also think they need to sort out the teething problems first,” says Besman.

He scoffs at the idea that his monthly contribution to the NHI could amount to about R1 480, based on his income.

“I just think this will be an unfortunate thing to put on people, especially considering that we have so many things, such as the toll system to contend with.”

Besman’s scepticism also stems from the public health sector’s lack of infrastructure which, he believes, is of a lesser quality than the private health sector.

“Administrative issues needed to be sorted out first and this includes making sure funds are used appropriately and people are paid,” said Besman.

“If the public health sector had proper infrastructure, then we would not have the need to have a private and government healthcare system because the service would be the same.”

But until such a system is achieved, Besman said, his initial plan would be to use both options until he made a decision on whether to abandon private medical aid.

“It will be a double pinch and I do think it’s going to affect my standard of living,” said Besman, referring to the estimated calculations of the amounts provided.

“If you think about it, how many times do you go to hospital in a year?

“In most cases you don’t even really get to use your medical aid unless in serious cases like an accident.”

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