Johannesburg - Government clearly wants to achieve an ideological victory even if it is at the expense of South African’s lives, trade union Solidarity said while condemning the adoption of the controversial National Health Insurance (NHI) plan by the Cabinet this week.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s comments that the time for discussions, analysis, and diagnosis was over and that implementation of the NHI should go ahead was irresponsible and the NHI was heading for disaster, Solidarity Research Institute (SRI) senior researcher Morné Malan said in a statement.
“I can understand why the minister would want us to stop analysing, because every economic analysis, every failed pilot project and discussion only reveal more shortcomings that would hamper the system, and are further indications that the NHI simply is not viable,” he said.
The NHI was not merely an inadequate step in the right direction. On the contrary, it actually represented a drastic and very real step in the wrong direction. “The status quo can be improved upon, but even the current state of affairs would be more desirable to most South Africans than to monopolise health in the hands of the state,” Malan said.
"Solidarity wants to state its scepticism about the amended version of the bill, and it doubts government’s willingness to confess to any of the extremely detrimental aspects of the initial bill.