National Health Insurance (NHI)
Nobody is as yet completely sure as to how the National Health Insurance (NHI) system will work in South Africa. The rollout of a preliminary form of the NHI is a few areas in South Africa thus far seems like nothing more than an upgraded public health system. The promise of such a “true” NHI system has been circling around for well over a decade and will undoubtedly be one of the greatest post-democratic achievements if it can be implemented.
The poor may finally be able to access quality health and medical services. Public hospitals and service providers will undoubtedly have to up their game to stay competitive. And all South Africans will benefit as a health population is more productive and this has a positive effect on the economy. As the state’s overburdened and understaffed facilities cannot cope with the current health needs of the population, there is concern whether the NHI will really be able to fill in the gaps.