Durban - SACP deputy General Secretary Solly Mapaila has launched an attack on the private health sector saying it was against the National Health Insurance (NHI) in order to continue making a profit out of poor South Africans.
Mapaila told Independent Media before the start of the seminar on the NHI at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday that the government should launch the new public health insurance system to protect the poor from exploitation.
“NHI is important for the poor and workers because you don’t have to pay for the health service, and you cannot be refused treatment because you don’t have money.
“The private sector does not want to share the resources, and the government would make sure everyone has access to national health, which is what the private sector does not want.
“That would stop them from making super profit out of the people’s illness, and we should never allow the private sector to determine who lives and who does not,” said Mapaila.