WC launches NHI pilot project

Western Cape Health MEC, Theuns Botha. Picture: Aletta Gardner/Eyewitness News.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Health Department said it aims to strengthen its healthcare facilities in the Eden District through a national pilot project.

The department will launch the National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot project in George on Monday.

The NHI scheme aims to provide access to quality health care, free at the point of use, for all South Africans.

It is a 14 year project and its success will depend on significant improvements in the public health system.

Provincial Health MEC Theuns Botha said, “All that is being undertaken by the Western Cape is that we aim to provide the country with a viable model of healthcare that works.”

Botha also said the province was trying to provide quality healthcare services for their patients.

(Edited by Katleho Mogase)