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How will NHI affect med aids? Stop asking me hard questions, replies Mkhize

Health minister is a little vague on the details when grilled about how his scheme will work

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A briefing by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Friday shed little light on how private medical aids would coexist with the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI).

Mkhize became visibly frustrated when journalists asked question after question about medical aids at his media briefing about NHI pilot projects. He complained that he had “six questions” on the topic that were not what “we are here to talk about”, and suggested the private medical aid industry was lobbying the media to say negative things about NHI.

“Let’s try and separate the issue of medical aid [from NHI]… we are not going to be bogged down on one issue … by medical aids. Their roles will be evolving,” said Mkhize...

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