healthcareBusinessLive reports that, addressing the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) congress on Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the health system was in a crisis.  

He confirmed fears expressed by experts, activists and unions that the system has collapsed, contradicting Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s strong opposition to that sentiment.  On Tuesday, Motsoaledi said government health services were not falling apart, as criticism against his leadership grew and union federation Cosatu called on Ramaphosa to fire him.  Ramaphosa told NUM delegates that the National Health Insurance (NHI) Fund would bring stability to the stressed system.  On Thursday, Motsoaledi released the NHI Bill, which will pave the way for universal healthcare coverage whereby the financially fit would have to help subsidise those who were not.  Referring to opposition to the NHI plan as expressed by medical aid companies and others, Ramaphosa indicated that the system would be implemented "whether people like it or not".  He stated:  “Right now our hospitals are burdened and our healthcare is in crisis, and we believe the only way to [correct] this is to pool all resources and everyone makes a contribution."

Read too, NHI Bill gazetted, paving way for NHI fund, in which the rich subsidise the poor, at BusinessLive


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