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Motsoaledi gives NHI update

Government has started appointing medical specialists to work in NHI pilot areas.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Government has already started appointing medical specialists to work in National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot areas, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Monday.

The NHI will be South Africa's first universal medical aid scheme.

He hopes the public will see differences in the quality of healthcare.

Motsoaledi visited De Aar in the Northern Cape, which is the first district to be initiated into the scheme.

He met with hospital officials, councillors, traditional leaders, school principals and private practitioners.

The minister tried to explain the NHI project to them.

Motsoaledi said they are trying to set up policies and systems to deal with a range of issues.

"We have been dealing with the issue of quality, issues of cleanliness in hospitals, staff attitude and long queues."

Motsoaledi will visit all 10 pilot districts to ensure that the project is on track.