Healthcare flatlines but ANC just plays politics

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Healthcare flatlines but ANC just plays politics

FREE TO READ | With NHI they’re forcing people back into the corrupt state system, but they haven’t a clue how to fix it

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Sometimes you have to wonder what planet some of our ministers are living on. The minister of health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, had me shaking my head in despair last week when he declared that, once implemented, the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme will leave little distinction in service and quality between public and private hospitals.

What, exactly, would bring about such a radical change given the current, vast difference between the collapsing public health system and the relatively efficient and reliable private system?

The minister was at a public hospital last Wednesday and was quoted as saying: “We are starting a new decade in which we will be instituting decisive actions in the implementation of NHI. When it is fully implemented, there will be no distinction between public and private hospitals. We believe that, incrementally, we are going to be seeing changes and improvements in the quality of healthcare.”..

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