Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has announced that The National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill has been gazetted.
The minister made the announcement at a media briefing in Pretoria.
The NHI is government’s policy for introducing universal healthcare and will be run as a non-profit public entity.
It’s aimed at strengthening services to healthcare consumers, while keeping the cost of healthcare reasonable.
Motsoaledi says the amendments are meant to provide relief to patients finding themselves in financial distress due to the high cost of health care.
“As it is now generally accepted, the cost of private healthcare is out of reach for many citizens, even the well to do ones. The presentation of the WHO and the OECD stated that, contrary to beliefs, only 10 per cent of SA’s population can afford what is being charged in private healthcare. Hence the amendments we are introducing today are meant to provide much needed relief to patients finding themselves in serious financial hardships,” says Motsoaledi.