Infrastructure must be in place for NHI

2011-06-02 17:01

Johannesburg - The planned National Health Insurance (NHI) system could only work if sustainable solutions were found for developing the country's health infrastructure, the SA Municipal Workers Union said on Thursday.

"While Samwu sees the NHI as the financial arm of a national health service... the primary focus should always be on the actual provision of health services," spokesperson Tahir Sema said.

"Without a national health infrastructure of medical facilities, including the appropriate level of health staff...the NHI might end up being no more than a life-saver for the ailing private sector," he said.

Sema said Samwu and its medical scheme, Samwumed, were in full support of the NHI, a system that would focus on primary health care for all citizens.

"It remains our view that the very ethos of health care delivery as enshrined in the Constitution must be realised through direct government transformation of both the public and private sector delivery models," he said.

The union said the success of the NHI would rely on the development of infrastructure, systems, controls and human resources in the public sector as well as regulation of the private sector, through measures like tariff regulation and delivery controls.

  • Observer102 - 2011-06-02 17:24

    Last time I checked it was the public sector that was ailing, not the private?!

  • charley - 2011-06-02 17:41

    If we have to rely on government to put infrastures in place, well - enough said. Or will government take money first, plunder it as usual and then no NHI and the taxpayers money wasted as is the norm.

  • Valis - 2011-06-02 17:51

    I can't believe how stupid these people are. Seriously, it is mind-boggling how incredibly ignorant, uneducated and stupid they are.

  • Trevor - 2011-06-02 17:59

    Government...infrastructure??? You must be kidding me,how many municipalities are broke in SA and how many are under investigation for corruption and how many are actually functioning properly??? Just another way for the ANC to put some of it's Elite Few in positions to self inrich by "managing" and awarding tenders to family members to "serve us"..I BET U this Scheme will fail, be under audit for 10years, promised reform..the same old ANC bulls&*%^t...Piss off ANC,only thing you can manage well is to steal from us........oh and this is an ANC pet project for the next general elections...

  • Otis - 2011-06-03 11:43

    Let me tell you one thing that the best health insurance plans has completely different set of meaning for different type of people. For those who are rich, the plan which can earn them more is best. However, those who are in the middle class have different ideas. They think that insurance plan is the best for which they will have to pay minimum premium. However, the poor person does not even know that what is health insurance? If you are one of them search online for "Penny Health Insurance" and get smart about insurance.

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