South Africa Gears up for Universal Healthcare Reform

Published By : 28 Jul 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

South Africa has made a bold new proposal to introduce a universal health coverage amidst stiff opposition from private healthcare providers. The new model is expected to provide sustainable healthcare solutions, tailor-made for the developing world. The proposal is called the National Health Insurance, or NHI and it has triggered much debate within the South African society. However, veterans in the healthcare industry believe that the proposal will be first-of-its-kinds intended to bring equity in healthcare in the post-apartheid South Africa. 

According to a recent report released by the non-profit group, the Global Health Watch, South Africa exhibits a divided healthcare system. The report also highlighted the main goals of the proposed reforms, which are: to rebuild the public health system in South Africa, particularly the primary healthcare segment, to enhance the management authority in district and public hospitals, ensuring improved governance and accountability mechanisms, increasing the tax funding to the healthcare sector, and to introduce the new NHI Fund as an active purchaser of healthcare services at a later stage. These reforms according to the report, have potential to lead South Africa towards a universal healthcare system. 

While India is still considering to roll out ambitions, which seems very vague, the National Health Assurance Mission in South Africa is already gearing up to present the plan of increasing taxes to accumulate resources for funding the government-run health scheme in the country. The step is intended to combat the increasing healthcare costs in South Africa. Earlier, the National Health Insurance ostensibly was launched in in one of the eleven under developed districts in South Africa in 2014. 

The pilot significantly impacted the healthcare delivery system in the country, however it also raised the question that from where the funds will come to fuel the wide scale implementation of the proposed medical reform in South Africa. 
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