NHI Bill leads primary healthcare sector to its death bed
6 February 2020
Note to Editors: The following is an extract from a submission made at the Metro District Public Hearings in Khayelitsha on the National Health Insurance Bill on Wednesday 5 February 2020.
In recent months, the debate around the proposed implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill has gathered pace once more, with a range of opinions and concerns expressed.
While the City supports the implementation of Universal Health Care, we cannot support the Bill in its current form.
As a Primary Healthcare provider, the City of Cape Town wonders how, if implemented, the NHI will affect the thousands of residents reliant on the services offered by our clinics. They manage HIV, TB, hypertension, child care, maternal care and dispense chronic medications, and are the first point of contact with the health sector for many.