Blueprint to the full implementation of NHI in South Africa has been released
A blueprint to the full implementation of NHI in South Africa has been released. A published background document states that the NHI will take 14 years to fully introduce in South Africa. The first five years of the roll out will comprise a preparation phase in which the country will uplift the public health sector.
As of 2012, the document notes that the Department of Health had already begun improving health infrastructure at six major public hospitals and forming private-public partnerships. It had also drafted laws to ensure hospital managers are qualified and begun to set up a watchdog body, the Office of Health Standards Compliance.
The document also states that under the NHI, South Africans will never need to pay case at the hospital or at doctors’ rooms. While the government will continue to cater for those who are unemployed, those with formal jobs will be asked to make a monthly contribution to the NHI Fund. It adds that all neighbourhoods will have family health teams to help provide preventative health services and offer home-base care.
The NHI Fund will enter into contracts with public and private hospitals, specialists, public clinics and private doctors’ practices to deliver health services free of charge to every South African citizen and legal resident. However, it notes that the NHI Fund will only provide finance for health facilities that meet required quality standards. The document also adds that the NHI will not pay for patients to see specialists unless they have been properly referred from a primary healthcare facility.
Download the document: National Health Insurance Booklet
Source: e-health, South Africa