Finance minister admits ANC national government is too broke to fund health insurance

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Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has repeatedly said South Africa cannot afford the NHI, with his most recent admission coming during News24’s On the Record summit. It is clear that the rest of his ANC comrades either do not understand simple economic principles or refuse to listen to logic.

The Finance Minister’s confession is, unequivocally, confirmation that the NHI is nothing more than a political gimmick by the ANC to try to gain support from poor South Africans who desperately need care quality health care, only to be deceived after the elections. came and went.

Parliament is holding public hearings across the country on the NHI Bill and the DA encourages all members of the public, medical professionals, stakeholders and experts to raise concerns regarding the bill each time a public hearing is held in their region. (Please see schedule below.)

Despite National Treasury’s continued and clear communication that the NHI is not a feasible solution to the public health system’s multiple problems, Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla has steadfastly refused to listen to reason. Neither he nor his ministry have revealed a viable financing plan.

At Friday’s public participation hearing in Sebokeng, Gauteng, participants made it clear that funding for the NHI was one of the public’s main concerns. Their other concerns were rampant corruption and looting, severe shortage of human resources, and unsafe infrastructure.

Despite spending at least R26 billion on the NHI over the past decade, the health minister said during an oral question session in Parliament, the public health sector is deteriorating day by day and is not ready to form the basis of a functioning universal health system. system. In fact, in February this year, Minister Phaahla revealed in response to a written question from the DA that only 37% of hospitals and only 55% of primary health care (PHC) facilities have “ideal” status.

Ideal Clinics are facilities that meet the following standard: “good infrastructure, adequate staff, adequate medications and supplies, good administrative processes and sufficient bulk supplies that utilize clinical policies, protocols and guidelines applicable to ensure the provision of quality health services to the community. “. This means that almost two thirds of public hospitals are not adapted to their needs.

While members of the ANC Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health refused to take the public participation process seriously and ignored contributions from all kinds of experts, health professionals, stakeholders , communities and opposition parties, the DA encourages members of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) to respect the input of the public they are meant to serve and genuinely listen to their concerns.

South Africa cannot afford the NHI, and the public cannot afford to see an already struggling public health sector completely collapse. No universal health system has any hope of success if systemic problems are not first resolved: chronic shortages of staff, drugs and supplies; broken and poorly maintained infrastructure; systemic corruption and mismanagement.

The ANC government has failed to implement coherent consequence management, without which failure is guaranteed.

Date Place Time
September 14, 2023 Benoni: Tshepo-Themba Multipurpose Resource Center
September 21, 2023 Johannesburg: Brixton Multipurpose Center
Western Cape
Date Place Time
September 18, 2023 Beaufort West: Rustdene Hall 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
September 19, 2023 George: Banquet Hall, 71 York Street 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
September 20, 2023 Caledon: Victoria Hall, Ian Toerien Lane 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
September 22, 2023 The cap: WCG Room, 7 Wale Street 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
September 26, 2023 Saldanha Bay: White City Multipurpose Center 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
September 27, 2023 Vredendal: Vredendal Sports Hall, Dam Street 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
September 29, 2023 Paarl: Thusong Centre, Mbekweni 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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