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'Delays in implementation of NHI not unexpected'

The Health Minister says once pilot projects are completed the cost of healthcare will be drastically reduced.

FILE. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says delays in the implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme are not unexpected and once its pilot projects are completed, it will drastically reduce the cost of healthcare for everyone.

Motsoaledi says pilot projects being run in all nine provinces have experienced some hiccups, but these are normal.

He says similar schemes implemented in developed countries such as England and the United States have also faced sharp criticism by proponents of private healthcare.

Motsoaledi says the price of private healthcare is currently too high.

"The process system is much more explicit than what NHI could ever be. The cost of healthcare has hit the roof, and we're aware of that. What we're having now is an extensive system. NHI is meant to be a system for everybody."