The government is auditing the country's health facilities in preparation for the piloting of the National Health Insurance (NHI) system in 2012, Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi said on Friday.
The pilot would take place in 10 selected districts, Motsoaledi told journalists in Pretoria.
It would help the department finalise the design of service benefits, how the population would be covered and how the service would be delivered.
The NHI aims to give all people access to a certain standard of health care, regardless of their income.
People would not have to make contributions to the NHI yet, said Motsoaledi.