Monday, August 10, 2009

Health scheme a priority, says Zuma

I will be a patient you will need to provide care for, Zuma. You make me sick.

President Jacob Zuma says the proposed national health insurance (NHI) scheme will help reduce the number of women who have no access to quality healthcare.

Speaking at a Women's Day ceremony in Vryheid on Monday, Zuma said SA could only measure the progress it had made since democracy by increasing the number of women who had access to quality healthcare.

"We will pat ourselves on the back when the mother and the infant mortality rates are reduced...

"Improving the health of South Africans, especially women and children, is a key priority for the government," he said, suggesting the NHI was key to achieving this objective.

He said some hospitals needed refurbishment while others were in good shape but were run by incompetent managers who were not committed to the health of the people.

"Our people tell us that at some clinics they are given painkillers only for every ailment as there is nothing else available.

"A key solution would be the introduction of national health insurance for the country," he said, adding that the scheme's broad objectives were the funding and health delivery mechanisms.

His comments come in the wake of warnings by Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande that there would be "war" against capitalists if they tried to block implementation of the system.

Zuma said yesterday the NHI would be a financing system which would see government collecting and allocating money for healthcare to service providers.

"All these funds will be placed in a single pool that would be available to fund healthcare in the public and private sectors.

"The intention is that the contribution should be less than what members and their employers currently pay to medical aid schemes.

"The advantage of the scheme is that it would expand health coverage to all South Africans, regardless of their economic or social status."

Zuma said: "No upfront payment will be required by a doctor or hospital.

"Certain categories of workers, due to their low income, will be exempted from contributions."

Zuma said the government would consult with all sectors affected before implementing the scheme, and urged the public to participate in the debate.

However, critics have argued that the scheme would be too costly to implement and would not work if public health service problems, largely stemming from poor management, were not addressed first.

From The Mercury

5 Opinion(s):

Ranger Tom said...

"Certain categories of workers, due to their low income, will be exempted from contributions."

Another example of Socialism, the redistribution of wealth. The alleged "rich" paying the lion's share of lazy people not willing to work for what the get.

Same shit is happening here.

Exzanian said...

Whitey tax payer, prepare to bend over and take it like a man!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The most highly taxed ethnic group on earth, SA whites is about to get shafted some more.

Anonymous said...

How about the government starts building their pot of gold with only blacks contributing for the first few years. Once they've got the blacks paying then they can bring the whites on board. As we all know this won't happen. In the end it'll be only the 4Mil whites paying for the 45+Mil blacks - and more as the whole of Africa will arrive for the free handouts. How much more do they think the whites are going to put up with? Something gotta give. I can just imagine the MediClinics and Netcare hospitals etc. allowing these hoardes of non-paying blacks into their pristine clinics. Haha. Glad I'm outta there.

Anonymous said...

Here is the state of the water: