Med­i­cal aid sys­tem ‘no longer vi­able’

Pretoria News Weekend - - NATION - Noni Mokati

HEALTH Min­is­ter Aaron Mot­soaledi says if noth­ing is done, South African med­i­cal aid users will con­tinue to suf­fer as the sys­tem is no longer vi­able.

“De­spite med­i­cal aids, the UN con­tin­ues to call for Uni­ver­sal Health Cov­er­age be­cause they know that the sys­tem is fail­ing,” Mot­soaledi said as health ex­perts across the world con­tinue to ad­vo­cate for a holis­tic ap­proach to health­care sys­tems.

As most of their funds run out, some pri­vate health care pa­tients have found them­selves with no choice but to ac­cess pub­lic health ser­vices – a move Mot­soaledi says is al­ready be­ing felt by an over­bur­den pub­lic health­care sys­tem (NHI).

The min­is­ter said the only way to en­sure that these chal­lenges were mit­i­gated was through the Na­tional Health In­sur­ance.

It is thought that next month, Cab­i­net will hold a spe­cial meet­ing to dis­cuss the NHI.

Mot­soaledi said the NHI was pre­cisely the ve­hi­cle South Africa needed to draw closer to achiev­ing com­plete Uni­ver­sal Health Cov­er­age.

De­spite only 12 years re­main­ing be­fore 2030, Dr Anuschka Coova­dia, head of Health­care for Africa at KPMG, said it was pos­si­ble for South Africa to achieve Uni­ver­sal Health Cov­er­age by then as in­di­cated in the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals. |

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