National Health Insurance brief

2018-03-07 06:00

SOUTH Africa’s National Health Insurance (NHI) has been designed to create a single compulsory medical scheme for all citizens and permanent residents, with a special fund for refugees.

The NHI will be introduced in three phases: the first phase is to prepare central hospitals to provide specialised services to all, under the control of the central government.

Second phase: all who qualify will be registered and given NHI cards. Private doctors will be contracted to provide services at primary level and this will apply to health-care providers too.

The third phase covers the start of mandatory payments by working people, and private-sector providers will be contracted to provide service.

The target date for implementation is 2025.

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