CAPE TOWN - The national health insurance bill (NHI) will need a massive reorganisation of the current health system, both public and private in order to be effective in delivering its objective, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi said on Thursday.
Motsoaledi was speaking in Cape Town at the leader's angle on South Africa's NHI, organised by the University of Stellenbosch's Business School (USB).
He said the NHI bill would not be achieved without the creation of a single common fund which in itself will directly contribute towards access, efficiency and effectiveness of health systems, among other issues.
“This cannot be achieved without creating a single common fund, which in itself will directly contribute towards a unified health system by improving equity in financing, reducing fragmentation in funding pools across both the public and private sectors, and making health care delivery more affordable and accessible for the population,” said Motsoaledi.
"The definition of NHI is a health financing system that pools funds to provide access to quality health services for all South Africans based on their health needs and irrespective of their socioeconomic status.”