Quick facts about the National Health Insurance

South Africa’s healthcare industry is one of the most dynamic sectors in the country with both the private and public sector playing a role in providing services to the people. It’s also worth noting that this critical sector has not been spared by the challenges of funding in order to provide quality healthcare. It is against this background that government formulated the National Health Insurance (NHI) in order to harmonise access to quality healthcare. Below are some quick facts you need to know.

-The National Health Insurance (NHI) is designed to create a single compulsory medical scheme for all.

-An additional amount of R4.2 billion in the current national budget has been allocated to the National Health Insurance (NHI).

-All citizens and permanent residents will be covered by the NHI, while a special fund will be set up for refugees.

-Documented asylum seekers will be able to access emergency care.

-The NHI will be introduced in three phases.

-The first phase is preparing central hospitals to provide specialised services to all citizens, under the control of central government.

-In phase two, all those who qualify for NHI will be registered and given NHI cards. Priority will be given to those most vulnerable, such as mothers, small children and old people.

-Public hospitals accredited by the Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC), emergency medical services and the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) will also be contracted.

-Private doctors will be contracted to provide services at primary level, and this will be extended to healthcare providers who can assist to address “physical barriers to learning” for school children, such as audiologists, speech therapists, psychologists and optometrists.

-In the third phase, working people will start to make mandatory payments and private sector providers such as hospitals and specialists, will be contracted to provide services.

-The National Health Insurance Bill was approved by cabinet in 2017 and the targeted date for implementation of the NHI is 2025.

Quick facts listed above should keep you enlightened about NHI.

 

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Caxton Central

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