Health­care for all a step closer

Public Sector Manager - - Feature - Writ­ers: No­luthando Motswai

The Depart­ment of Health is step­ping up its in­vest­ment in pub­lic health, to en­sure all South Africans can ac­cess qual­ity care. Dur­ing his bud­get vote, Health Min­is­ter Aaron Mot­soaledi said his depart­ment has built 34 new and re­place­ment clin­ics in the 10 Na­tional Health In­sur­ance (NHI) pi­lot dis­tricts, and was work­ing on a fur­ther 48.“Out­side the 10 pi­lot dis­tricts, we have com­pleted 96 clin­ics and are busy with 132.”

Once com­plete, 310 new and re­place­ment clin­ics will be avail­able to the pub­lic.

The NHI pi­lot sites are in OR Tambo (East­ern Cape),

Gert Sibande (Mpumalanga), Vhembe (Lim­popo), Pix­ley ka Seme (North­ern Cape), Eden (Western Cape), Dr K Kaunda (North West), Thabo Mo­fut­sanyane (Free State) and Tsh­wane (Gaut­eng).

Since 2012, 154 clin­ics have been re­fur­bished and 192 are go­ing through the process in the pi­lot dis­tricts. Out­side the pi­lot dis­tricts, 135 clin­ics that have been re­fur­bished and 220 are in the process.

Min­is­ter Mot­soaledi said good progress was be­ing made on the new dig­i­tal NHI pa­tient in­for­ma­tion sys­tem.

“Work­ing with the CSIR and the de­part­ments of Science and Tech­nol­ogy and Home Af­fairs, I am happy to an­nounce that our prepara­tory pe­riod has gone well. We now have a sys­tem be­ing im­ple­mented that will be ready for NHI.”

Over six mil­lion South Africans have reg­is­tered on the sys­tem in prepa­ra­tion for NHI, with be­tween 80 000 and 100 000 peo­ple reg­is­ter­ing ev­ery day.

The Unique Pa­tient Iden­ti­fier is linked to ID num­bers. Once reg­is­tered, a per­son keeps their health­care num­ber for life.

Min­is­ter Mot­soaledi said the first step in im­ple­ment­ing the NHI is to pick up those out­side the med­i­cal aid sys­tem and pro­vide ser­vices to them through the NHI Fund.

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