“When some people hear us speaking about the NHI, they think we are talking about closing all private hospitals and practices. No, the NHI is not about shutting down the private sector, it is about making healthcare universally accessible to all South Africans”, comrade Aaron Motsaoledi said in his opening remarks in the ANC National Policy Conference Commission on Education and Health.
Motsoaledi gave a presentation on the National Health Insurance (NHI) White Paper which was recently released to ANC delegates in the Education and Health Commission. The ANC Policy Conference currently underway at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg is in its 4th day of deliberations on ANC policy.
The NHI is a health financing system that is designed to pool funds together to provide quality and affordable personal health services to all South Africans based on their health needs, irrespective of their social-economic status.
Motsoaledi told the commission that there will be massive reorganisation of both private and public healthcare. The NHI will be run as a non-profit public entity. It will strengthen the hand of the consumer and keep the cost of healthcare reasonable while ensuring that healthcare providers receive fair rate for their services. The National Health Insurance Fund will pay public and private healthcare providers on exactly the same basis, he added.
The fund is a chance for South Africans to join hands in a way that really counts, contribute for their wellbeing, their relatives wellbeing, friends, community and fellow citizens. “None of us would like a fellow human being to die, become disabled or live in pain just because he or she could not get decent healthcare. A healthy nation is a safe, productive and economically stable nation to live in” Motsoaledi added.
Motsoaledi concluded his presentation by urging delegates in the commission to engage with the recently released NHI White Paper.
Comrade Naledi Pandor, who is the chairperson of the commission applauded Motsoaledi for his presentation and urged delegates to endorse the NHI White Paper and further advocate for public awareness among ANC members in branches, in our communities and the broader society at large.