'SA can afford NHI if it stops wastage and consolidates medical schemes'


Dr Nicholas Crisp, Deputy Director-general for NHI, told delegates at the Future of Health Summit that the budget SA already spends on healthcare was enough to implement the NHI, according to an article in Fin24 (15 Nov 2021). Crisp said critics who say the country cannot afford the scheme have not considered the structural savings that the government can realise once it has dealt with the structural wastage in both the public and the private sectors. The imbalances in the system will be addressed by shifting the R250-bn of healthcare expenditure that sits in provincial government into one public purse. It would then move the lions share of the billions of Rands sitting in medical schemes into that same fund, according to Crisp


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