South Africa is inching forward with a new national health insurance plan that seeks to provide coverage to all the nation’s citizens. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says that the project is well on its way to being the largest health care revolution the country has ever seen. The national health insurance plan has been in the works for several years now. Government officials believe that the plan will usher in a new era of health care and improve the nation’s health systems.
Minister Motsoaledi told reporters Thursday that the government will begin testing new delivery services for the plan next year. Over the next five years, new hospitals will be constructed throughout much of South Africa. Each hospital will be equipped with cutting-edge medical equipment. New administrative systems and insurance infrastructure will be established to ensure that all citizens have access to health care.
The national insurance plan will be phased in over the course of 14 years until it eventually provide coverage for the majority, if not all, of the nations inhabitants. The government has not yet released official estimates as to the ultimate cost of the projects as Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan believes it is still too early to tell such things. The system will be paid for through taxes and other fees levies against consumers and businesses.
South Africans have been clamoring for a national insurance plan for decades now. The government is well on its way to answering that call.