Districts named for NHI pilot

2012-03-22 18:07

Pretoria - Pretoria will be one of 10 districts selected for a National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot programme from April 1, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Thursday.

He said Tshwane was suitable for the pilot as it covered rural and urban areas.

In the Eastern Cape, the OR Tambo district had been selected and in Limpopo, the Vhembe district.

Other districts chosen for the pilot included Pixley ka Seme in the Northern Cape, Eden district in the Western Cape, Dr K Kaunda district in the North West and Thabo Mofutsanyane in the Free State.

In KwaZulu-Natal, the uMzinyathi and uMgungundlovu districts were selected because of the high population figures in the province.

"We want to see how the NHI works for the 20% of the population of our country," said Motsoaledi.

Not yet law

He said the pilot would help the department find out what interventions were necessary to implement the NHI. The department would also use the process to strengthen the overall health system.

"The NHI is not yet a law. We are piloting voluntarily"' said Motsoaledi.

The pilot aimed to improve the performance of the public health system and ensure that South Africans had access to quality health services.

It would focus on reducing diseases among women and children and improve the performance of the health system in the country.

Motsoaledi said the 10 districts were selected according to their socio-economic standing, their health service performance and demographics.

"Pilots will develop and test the norms and standards for the packages to be provided in the district under the NHI, to ensure acceptable standards of care."

First phase

He said 94% of the country's health facilities had been audited, and that this would help the department follow up on areas that had to be improved.

Health facilities would have to compile plans to present to the department detailing how they would solve the identified problems or shortfalls.

Once the pilot project was underway, the minister would visit all provinces to speak to concerned parties including general practitioners, members of the private sector and traditional leaders.

Motsoaledi said no province would be allowed to deviate from any of the goals set within the pilot.

The launch of the pilot programme was the first phase of the 14-year rollout plan of the NHI.

In the next five years, the department would add more districts to the selected 10, the minister said.

  • Anthony - 2012-03-22 18:36

    god help pretoria --and the rest of us---they cant run the SABC--ESCOM-- and SAA--now they are doing a NHI---lol lol lol

      Piet - 2012-03-23 07:10

      The Uk could not get it right but these fools will?

      Thelma - 2012-03-23 09:19

      Just extra cash for the already overloaded fat cats!!!!!

  • Johan - 2012-03-22 18:37

    I'm so gladd we are living in Tshwane!!

  • Shirley - 2012-03-22 18:45

    Another way for cronies to make money.The improvements needed will take 10 years in Pretoria alone! Looooots of medical tenders....

  • Adam - 2012-03-22 18:48

    Ministers should be forced to seek medical treatment in these hospitals only.

  • Christo - 2012-03-22 19:02

    God help US!

      Martin - 2012-03-23 07:27

      obama care, now in africa

  • Fred - 2012-03-22 19:08

    This is the beginning of the end of the small pockets of decent healthcare still available in South Africa. Every ANC politician knows the NHI will never work because we don't have the tax revenue or the number of medical professionals to implement it. They know it will chase our good doctors and nurses away. However these cadres don't care; in fact they will fight tooth and nail for it because of the massive amounts of money they can loot from the NHI funds. They see it as another "get rich quick" scheme.

  • Deon - 2012-03-22 20:00

    What are you jokers ( anc ) on about ? You cannot even deliver decent hospital care at present , and now twenty percent of the nation have to be guinea-pigs for yet another brainless scheme to eat up money we don't have to waste !!!!W.T.F.!!!!!Or have you employed a miracle maker for half the money ???

  • Malcolm - 2012-03-22 20:43

    Perhaps we should start a betting pool on the following: 1) How long until the whole thing collapses in disaster 2) How long until the first corruption scandal hits the newspapers

      rowen.loretz - 2012-03-22 23:55

      I wanna join the betting pool. How much can I throw in. I bet the pilot study fails , but that they (the ANC) will manipulate the results in favour of implementing it so they can milk taxpayers more. I bet R1 000 000 bucks that if implemented it will fail within the first year. Who wants to up my bet?

      rowen.loretz - 2012-03-22 23:56

      And the first corruption scandal will hit the newspapers within a month of starting NHI

  • Dave - 2012-03-22 20:49

    The cANCer mismanaged the transformation of the silk purse that was Baragwanath, into the sow's ear it is today. We are looking towards an EPIC fail.

  • rowen.loretz - 2012-03-22 23:49

    goodluck ANC....just wasteing more taxpayer money on a pilot study. The NHI will NEVER work in this coutry. There are only 4 million taxpayers , how can they all pay for 50 million south africans. ANC can't even manage state hospitals and departments are all bankrupt. LOL

  • Maximumstress - 2012-03-23 04:56

    From April 1....and it aint no April joke. This time it is the April travesty!The ANC is living proof of the adgage that one should never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers!

  • Saamprater - 2012-03-23 08:02

    Just like the school projects and the SAPS projects and the Escom projects and , and, and, this will also fail, but at a greater expense to the public than imagined. We better stop this foolish government in its tracks at the next elections otherwise they will cause us all to be bankrupt while they launch one project after the other which have never worked anywhere in the world.

  • James - 2012-03-23 08:53

    soon we all going to be paying for something that was promissed to be free in '94

  • Willem - 2012-03-23 10:11

    Why don't they first update the health care to an acceptable level and then try to milk the public? Do we all have to go down a couple of levels, in health care? First upgrade all care to private care levels and then start talking about national care.

  • Chez - 2012-03-23 11:12

    Good grief I am horrified at all this snegativity. I grew up in one of the districts they are talking about and let me tell oyu; they NEED this. Give it a bl**dy chance or go live in the beloved England!

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-03-24 11:29

    Due to the corrupt nature of the anc, it's not surprising that these comments on the NHI are as negative as they are....but with me not being on a Medical Aid I truly am hoping that this time ('s a BIG maybe) the anc can make a success of this project.....damn I, like the rest of the nation would feel at least our health issue would be taken care of... but yes I hear you guy's...but I SO MUCH WISH IT COULD WORK.

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