NHI Bill

NHI Bill. Image: Wikimedia Commons

NHI Bill | Health Minister urges healthcare workers not to flee SA: ‘Things will improve’

Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla, has urged healthcare workers not to be swayed by fearmongers pushing for emigration from SA due to the NHI.

NHI Bill

NHI Bill. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla, has urged healthcare workers not to be swayed by fearmongers pushing for emigration from South Africa due to the National Health Insurance (NHI).

“Don’t listen to doomsayers and the scaremongers who are telling you that things are going to collapse and [you] must leave now that the President has [signed the Bill], [and you must] find the first flight [out of the country]. Stay here. Things are going to get better.

“This is our only country. We’re going to make sure that what we have achieved in the last 30 years can only get better and not worse,” Phaahla told medical professionals. 

Phaahla was speaking at the signing of the NHI Bill into law by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Wednesday afternoon. 

As reported by The South African website, the signing of the NHI Bill has caused widespread panic among a number of medical professionals and taxpayers, with many looking to emigrate.

How concerned are you regarding the NHI Bill?

Let us know by clicking on the comment tab below this article or by emailing info@thesouthafrican.com or sending a WhatsApp to 060 011 021 1

You can also follow @TheSAnews on X and The South African on Facebook for the latest NHI Bill news.

Phaahla urged all citizens to collaborate with government and be part of the solutions to achieve a fair, just, and sustainable health system that caters to the health needs of all citizens, regardless of their location or socioeconomic status.

According to the minister, inequities that characterise South Africa’s health system are unjustifiable and require fundamental overhauling to ensure equity and sustainability. 

“Families have faced agonising decisions, having to choose between necessities and necessary medical care. 

“This reality does not align with the vision we hold for South Africa, where every citizen should enjoy their life to the fullest potential,” said the minister.

R1 500 per month

As reported by The South African website, research into the affordability of the NHI shows that every formally employed South African would need to pay over R1 500 a month.

Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa described the public signing of the NHI Bill into law as a pivotal moment and a milestone in South Africa’s ongoing quest for a more just society.

He strongly believes that financial hurdles facing the NHI can be navigated with careful planning, strategic resource allocation and a steadfast commitment to achieving equity. 

Ramaphos also explained that the NHI Fund will procure services from public and private service providers to ensure all South Africans have access to quality healthcare.

Click to read the Health Minister’s full statement.