Presidency sets up NHI "war room"

CN Ncube - Ndaba

The ANC welcomes the setting up of a National Health Insurance "war room", which brings together various key departments to address the crisis in the public health system, whilst at the same time preparing for the implementation of the NHI. We have realised the magnitude of the challenges in health care, as well as the need to reduce inequality in access to health care, to ensure that South Africans have access to comprehensive quality health services irrespective of their socio-economic status.

This is why the urgency to establish an NHI and quality improvement 'war room' in the Presidency is significant, in order to ensure that there are no hurdles in our movement towards universal health coverage. The NHI will enable South Africans to receive free services at the point of care in public and private quality-accredited health facilities. After extensive consultation, the NHI Bill will soon be ready for submission to Parliament. The ANC is encouraged by President Ramaphosa's indication in the State of the Nation Address that in 2019 government will take a significant step towards universal health coverage that will bring quality health care to all South Africans.

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