Covid-19 to impact NHI implementation
In opening the recent ANC national executive lekgotla, Pres Cyril Ramaphosa indicated that the government might not be able to achieve everything it planned, due to the pandemic. This included its landmark policy to overhaul the crisis-plagued national health system. He said that while the pandemic has underscored the need for the National Healthcare Insurance (NHI) we must look at what impact it has had on our ability - whether from a capacity or fiscal position - to proceed with the implementation of the NHI.
“While the implementation of the NHI is already behind schedule and proceeding very slowly, this is the first time Ramaphosa has come close to acknowledging that the country is too ambitious in its timelines or that it may have to scale back on major social projects,” – Business Day (25 January 20211)