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NHI must succeed - Motsoaledi

The health minister wants National Health Insurance to be successfully implemented.

Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi.

JOHANNESBURG - In order for the National Health Insurance (NHI) to succeed, state hospitals need to be overhauled and prices in the private sector must be officially regulated, said Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Thursday.

The NHI aims to provide universal access to quality health care, but critics have questioned the plan's affordability and the condition of state hospitals.

Speaking to doctors at the SA Medical Association's conference in Kempton Park on Friday, the minister lamented what he called the uncontrollable cost of private health care.

"Clearly the public sector is suffering with issues of quality, while the private sector has costing issues."

This week, 19 out of 20 medical schemes surveyed by an auditing firm have welcomed an investigation into private health care costs.