Noth­ing glam­orous about NHI

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Kevin Townsend

THE AR­TI­CLE by the Min­is­ter of Health in The Star of July 6 refers.

The min­is­ter makes the NHI (Na­tional Health In­sur­ance) sound so glam­orous and pack­ages it in rose-coloured pa­per. What is hap­pen­ing in re­al­ity is that the ANC gov­ern­ment has ne­glected public health­care and its ameni­ties like all of its other ba­sic ser­vices to the tax-pay­ing public, to wit, ed­u­ca­tion, polic­ing, mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices to men­tion a few, and now wants to hi­jack the pri­vate sec­tor un­der the guise of pro­vid­ing “equal” af­ford­able health­care to all.

The pri­vate health sec­tor has in­vested in nu­mer­ous hos­pi­tals while the gov­ern­ment has sat on its hands and al­lowed the public health sys­tem to run into the ground. Ev­ery day one reads of the ab­so­lute pa­thetic prob­lems in the var­i­ous provin­cial health de­part­ments. When put on the spot re­gard­ing the on­col­ogy cri­sis in KZN, the MEC for Health said on na­tional TV: “I am not re­spon­si­ble for re­pair­ing ma­chines…”

What a sick joke! Peo­ple are dy­ing be­cause of in­com­pe­tence and poor at­ti­tudes like his.

Never mind the graft and cor­rup­tion in the de­part­ments. And why should the pri­vate health in­dus­try not make prof­its for its in­vestors and share­hold­ers who in­vested their cap­i­tal for a re­turn on in­vest­ment? So now the tax-pay­ing public will get a dou­ble whammy. Pay your tax to keep the in­ef­fi­cient and poorly run public health sys­tem limp­ing along AND pay a com­pul­sory “in­sur­ance” to fund the treat­ment of all and sundry.

Who will ad­min­is­ter this grand NHI scheme? An­other hap­less money-wast­ing gov­ern­ment depart­ment staffed by un­qual­i­fied “com­rades” or de­ploy­ees? Sorry… not for me.

Just as the bro­ken Health Depart­ment caused a pro­lif­er­a­tion of pri­vate hos­pi­tals, the dumbed down Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment is en­cour­ag­ing the growth of pri­vate schools and uni­ver­si­ties. Watch this space … the next move will be some grand scheme to pro­mote and “Ed­u­ca­tion In­sur­ance” which will hi­jack the pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem too. Sun­ward Park

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