Eastern Cape Health forging ahead with NHI

BL Abrahams

The ANC recommits itself to putting in place a quality system of National Health care, where all South Africans will be able to access quality health care based on need and not on their ability to pay. In this vein, we welcome the opening of two new state-of-the-art clinics in rural Eastern Cape, as a move towards preparations to universal access to healthcare. The first clinic opened is the Zabasa Clinic in Engcobo, built at a cost of R17.5 million and the second clinic is the Mahlubini Clinic in Cofimvaba, which has been built at a cost of R18.5 million. The clinics encompass rehabilitation services, pharmaceutical services, psychological services and National Health Laboratory Service, amongst other planned services.

The opening of the clinics is part of implementing the re-engineering of primary health care as a cornerstone to the National Health Insurance. These efforts are meant to immediately address the crisis in the public health system in the process of preparations for the Eastern Cape Province's readiness to implement the NHI. This is a health financing system that is designed to pool funds to provide access to quality, affordable personal health services, and will enable South Africans to receive free services at the point of care in public and private quality-accredited health facilities.

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