NHI Draft Bill is a dic­ta­tion, vi­o­la­tion of hu­man rights

Post - - OPINION - VENOLIN GOVEN­DER Pi­eter­mar­itzburg

I HAVE re­cently fol­lowed the let­ters and ar­ti­cles on the Na­tional Health In­sur­ance (NHI) and I see that the blame is shifted mostly to­wards the pri­vate med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers and hos­pi­tals.

Firstly, Dr Aaron Mot­soaledi is so sure the NHI is the way that this is rather mis­lead­ing to the pub­lic.

His draft bill should be im­me­di­ately stopped as he is not ask­ing for pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion in amend­ing health Acts but rather en­forc­ing them.

Lit­tle does our hon­ourable min­is­ter of health re­alise that he needs to amend the con­sti­tu­tion first, be­fore any­thing.

Each and ev­ery per­son has the right to choose what health­care and what health­care user fa­cil­ity they want to utilise. It is not for the min­is­ter to de­cide what health­care I utilise or force me to utilise NHI.

The min­is­ter should ap­ply the NHI only in the gov­ern­ment sec­tor as he can­not en­force it on pri­vate health­care.

The other as­ton­ish­ing fact is that, if you are on a med­i­cal aid scheme, you will have to also pay for NHI and your med­i­cal aid.

The other fact is that tax sub­si­dies on med­i­cal aid con­tri­bu­tions will no longer ex­ist.

Now this clearly is fraud at its high­est and le­gal ex­tor­tion. An in­di­vid­ual pays tax on his salary and on his med­i­cal aid. He does have the right to claim his tax sub­si­dies con­tri­bu­tions.

This clearly is an out­line that cit­i­zens who pay taxes and med­i­cal aids for their fam­i­lies will be ripped off if and when NHI is en­forced.

NHI is an en­forced health­care sys­tem which vi­o­lates cit­i­zens’ rights. It is fraud­u­lent in its own mak­ing and is a sys­tem that will just not work.

The min­is­ter and gov­ern­ment can­not force cit­i­zens to utilise this sys­tem. It is rather au­thor­i­tar­ian. We do have our right to a good health­care and the min­is­ter has no right to en­force this upon the work­ing class.

The pub­lic health­care must up­grade it­self be­fore try­ing to com­pete with the pri­vate health sec­tor.

I do feel this sys­tem is a failed sys­tem and the funds will be mis­man­aged. It is just an­other way some per­son will make a for­tune at the ex­pense of all.

Pri­vate health­care is worked for by the work­ing class.

It works and please leave this alone.

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