The private healthcare industry believes that the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) will not provide full medical cover.
This as the country awaits the role-out of the NHI. The Department of Health has made changes to the NHI green paper and this was submitted to a Cabinet Lekgotla this week for further deliberation.
Meanwhile, medical aid schemes are concerned about the impact this would have on their future, if the NHI is approved. Genesis Capital healthcare director Clayton Samsodien says the two sectors should work together to provide the best healthcare.” The first concern is the perception of what its going to deliver. We all know that the public health care system is under pressure at the moment. The perception has been created that NHI is going to provide all of this cover. I think that is what the public is interpreting and that they may not need to have a medical aid,” said Samsodien.
Samsodien says their interpretation is that its going to provide primary health care only, especially the very basic of benefits. “And if you needed anything more, you still need to have your traditional standard medical aid as we know it,” added Samsodien.
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