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By: Thabi Madiba
Updated 6 hours ago
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday urged South Africans to support the National Health Insurance Bill, and assured that government would not be reckless in implementing it countrywide by 2025. Ramaphosa said South Africa had enough resources to ensure that every citizen received appropriate, standardised, quality health care. “It is one of the greatest travesties of our time that access to decent and quality health care services is determined by one’s ability to pay,” said Ramaphosa. He said this was at odds with the Constitutional right of access to health care for all citizens regardless of their socioeconomic circumstances. The countrywide hearings on the NHI will soon end and deliberations by Parliament on the Bill will take place. →