NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE (NHI)
Since the inception of democracy, government has made significant inroads into correcting the imbalances of the past in line with advancing the principles set out in the Constitution. Even though many areas have been transformed, much more still needs to be done in the important area of healthcare.
In addressing the imbalances in the health sector, government plans to introduce the National Health Insurance (NHI). The NHI is a health financing system that will bridge the gap between the rich and the poor in accessing health facilities. It will provide access to quality health services for all South Africans based on their health needs irrespective of their socio-economic status.
The NHI is consistent with the Constitution and will serve as a tool that will ensure everyone have access to quality healthcare. The NHI will offer all South Africans and permanent residents access to comprehensive personal health benefits provided at both public and private health facilities.
The NHI is based on the following principles or values:
It is the responsibility of every South African to ensure that the NHI principles are achieved in order to build a quality healthcare system. The important shift through the implementation of NHI will forever change the country's health system and leave a lasting legacy for future generations.
NHI will ensure inclusive quality healthcare for everyone.
NHI offers economic and social benefits to all South Africans.
NHI aims to converge private and public healthcare to better serve the public.
Government is moving swiftly to implement the NHI.
NHI is submitted to the Legislative process for further processing