Debate heats up over NHI and medical aid schemes

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Cape Town - Private medical schemes stand in the way of the government’s proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme and should be abolished, said SA Health Professions Council president Dr Kgosi Letlape during a public discussion on the NHI at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on Friday.

This is in direct contradiction to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s regular reassurances that the purpose of the NHI is not to destroy the private healthcare sector, but to make it possible for more South Africans to access quality healthcare.

“There is no plan, secret or otherwise, to destroy private healthcare providers in the country. What we are saying is that private healthcare has a lot of resources which are not available to everyone.

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