SolidarityBusinessLive reports that one in five health-care professionals say National Health Insurance (NHI) is among the factors that have prompted them to take steps towards emigrating, according to a survey released on Wednesday by Solidarity.  

A further 41.6% of the respondents said they would take steps to do so if NHI was implemented, highlighting the extent of the negative sentiment confronting the government in some quarters as it embarks on sweeping reforms intended to achieve universal health coverage.  The first enabling legislation for NHI is contained in the National Health Insurance Bill, which is being processed by Parliament.  Solidarity sent survey invitations to 7,443 health-care practitioners in the public and private sectors, of whom 651 completed an online questionnaire.  Due to the survey methodology the respondents are not necessarily representative of SA’s health-care professionals.  Morné Malan, senior researcher at the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI), said the proportion of respondents who said they had taken steps towards emigrating was surprising and worrying.  “Only 15% of respondents said they would definitely stay if NHI is implemented.  Many people are concerned about problems such as crime and the poor state of the economy, but health-care professionals are also worried about the effect NHI would have on their daily lives,” he indicated.  Solidarity launched a campaign against NHI in September and was prepared to take the matter as far as the Constitutional Court if need be, Malan said.


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