Although the concept of Universal Health Coverage and access to quality healthcare for all South Africans are supported, the South African Private Practitioners’ Forum (SAPPF) says they do not support the National Health Insurance (NHI) model chosen.
The forum strongly believes that the proposed NHI model will cause irreparable harm to the entire South African Healthcare industry if implemented and that the NHI will not lead to the progressive realisation of access to healthcare that is demanded by Section 27(2) of the South African Constitution.
Dr Chris Archer, SAPPF CEO, said that “by implementing this model in an environment which is not able to afford a very comprehensive NHI service basket, it will lead to the majority of South Africans having less access to comprehensive health services than is currently the case in both the Public and Private Sectors. This would not be the progressive realisation of healthcare that is demanded by our constitution. All indications have suggested that the service basket would be adapted to the available budget, which could lead to an ever-shrinking set of services being made available to users.”
In addition, SAPPF is most concerned by attempts to implement NHI without the government providing any clarity on what the initiative might cost and how it will be funded in the current economic climate.
“The NHI Bill in its current format is still too vague and ambiguous on many aspects pertaining to the NHI. We therefore urge government to reconsider the proposed NHI model until such time as a costing of