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TAC: NHI could fix healthcare problems

Policy chief Marcus Low says making quality healthcare available to all is a human right.

Hundreds of Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) members took to the street of Cape Town to protest against the state of poor health system on 10 April 2014. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - National health insurance (NHI) is crucial to fix problems in South Africa's healthcare system, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) said on Tuesday.

According to the Western Cape Democratic Alliance (DA), the NHI in its current form is unacceptable.

It says if it retains power in the province after elections, it will not support the NHI.

Western Cape Health MEC Theuns Botha says having a central health fund will be costly and ineffective.

But TAC policy chief Marcus Low says making quality healthcare available to all is a human right.

"The NHI can go two ways, we could get the wrong kind of NHI which doesn't really change the lives of our people, but we strongly believe the right kind of NHI is part of the solution."

The Treatment Action Campaign marched in Cape Town for better health services on 10 April 2014. Filmed by EWN reporter Lauren Isaacs.