Medical aid system ‘no longer viable’
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. |