FS ‘will be ready to implement NHI’

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Free State Health MEC, Montseng Tsiu, says the province will be ready for the implementation of the National Health Insurance Bill (NHI).

She says this programme will help people who cannot afford specialised health services, including surgery, doctors, specialists, and medication.

At the moment, the government’s implementing its action plan to improve the existing infrastructure, medical equipment and increase the number of healthcare workers – including doctors and nurses. Addressing the shortage of medication is also high on the priority list.

The NHI Bill means quality health services will be provided free or at a low cost to all South Africans, excluding government officials. The funds for it comes from the fiscus and taxpayers. Tsiu says the bill also has regulations on the pricing of medication and other health services. The office of health standard compliance will be making evaluations for accreditations of the hospitals, clinics, and surgeries as NHI approved. Petitions and opinions on the Bill are still ongoing for members of the community.

OFM News/Marvin Ntsane