ANC one step closer to destroying health care in South Africa
23 November 2023
The select committee on health’s decision to pass the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill on Tuesday, indicates that the National Council of Province (NCOP) will follow the National Assembly’s (NA) suit and push the problematic Bill through as well.
This despite the many unanswered questions that the Department of Health has been either unwilling or unable to answer.
The ANC government’s insistence on implementing the NHI will spell disaster for the public and private health sectors. One only has to look at the current state of public health care in the country to predict the coming decimation.
In answer to a recent written parliamentary question (PQ) from the DA, the Minister of Health revealed that the ideal clinic status of 69.8% of hospitals that submitted an assessment were unsatisfactory. These hospitals failed to meet the minimum norms and standards to ensure that the roughly 80% of people currently using the public health system, receive quality and safe health care. If they are buckling under the current volume of patients, how will they endure the influx of formerly private health users? Because the survival of private health institutions seem unlikely at best.