NHI could take 15 to 25 years

2012-08-15 13:06

Parliament - Successfully implementing a National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme could take up to 25 years, the National Planning Commission said on Wednesday.

Building an NHI system is among the objectives contained in the revised National Development Plan (NDP), handed to President Jacob Zuma in the National Assembly.

The 20-year plan names four prerequisites for a NHI scheme to work.

Critical factors include "improving the quality of public healthcare, lowering the cost of private care, recruiting more professionals in both the public and private sectors, and developing health information systems that span public and private health providers".

The revised NDP says healthcare reforms will demand significant resources, and take time. It will also require strong co-operation between the public and private sector.


Other healthcare objectives contained in the plan include drastically increasing South Africans' life expectancy to 70 years, as well as reducing injuries, accidents and violence by 50% by 2020.

A list of actions to achieve this are listed in a summary in the plan.

The document also sets out minimum norms and standards for staffing hospitals and clinics.

It also calls for minimum qualifications for hospital managers.

The NDP says while huge strides have been made in the approach to tackling HIV/Aids over the past five years, there is no room for complacency in this regard.

  • neil.swart - 2012-08-15 13:25

    With the current state of health care, it might take them 50 year to implement the NHI. Add another 20 years to get qualified staff to operate health care facilities and then we add another 30 years to get our education system functional to qualify people and we sit with a century of pocketing taxpayers monies!! No wonder they want to increase the life expectancy!! Don't get me wrong, I am all for proper health care and the whole affordability issue that goes around with it, but with our current promise breakers and money pocketers, I just don't see it coming to fruitation! Get the basics right people! No blaming dead people (Verwoerd), no buck passing, etc. S.A. might unite behind government if the government stop their fueling of racial tension and break their silence on issues affecting ordinary citizens. A lot of people from all races are ready to embrace challenges but are to scared to do so due to racial tension being fueled from idiotic people that have a platform to say what they want!

  • beryl.severain - 2012-08-15 13:30


      jowza1 - 2012-08-15 13:37

      well if you continue in caps,stress will kill you

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-15 14:17

      @jowza1 Perhaps, but rather die from caplock stress than the NHI treatment?

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-08-15 13:30

    I'll be dead by then but my grandchildren may benefit. Unless the ANC are of course still in power because then it would still be in the planning stages..... Think it's just another of the things I'm now going to stop worrying about.

  • march54 - 2012-08-15 13:37

    Where will they be \recruiting\ from? The main issue should be on educating more Healthcare Professionals. Reopen the Nursing Colleges that where closed by a past Minister of Health. Start by giving Registered Nurses the Professional Status they deserve, NHI need them as the backbone of the national plan.

  • herman.heil - 2012-08-15 13:40

    A good start will be to get rid of the incompetent and criminal anc regime, then and only then can SA look at establishing anything workable.

  • nazeer.vawda.5 - 2012-08-15 14:03

    "15 to 25 years" another way of saying how long the milking will be going on for under the "NHI" disguise...

  • victor.windsor - 2012-08-15 14:18

    It will never happen

  • bibi.vanzyl - 2012-08-15 15:01

    NHI needs to have a healthy basis to start off from, you cannot build something new on something that is rotten to the core.

  • willem.vanrensburg.35 - 2012-08-15 15:03

    First fix the mess in public health before you go for changes in the private health system.

  • charles.kubhayi.9 - 2012-08-15 15:22

    The government must push for the full implementation of the NHI rather than pushing for the E-tolling.

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