The NHI is aimed at providing free, quality healthcare for all South Africans but funding and overhauling the current dysfunctional system have proven to be massive stumbling blocks.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi held a lengthy two-hour briefing in Pretoria on Thursday to announce the much-anticipated health insurance bill.
He explained that the NHI would be a single fund that everyone‚ who could afford to‚ would pay towards.
It would be like a giant state-run medical aid.
Speaking to Joanne Joseph, EWN reporter Masego Rahlaga says what summed up the two-hour briefing.
Government wants to implement the National Health Insurance Bill. There has been a lot of debate around this bill. He says that he does know that one of the reasons that a lot of people have said that they don't support this bill is because they said the public health system is ailing.— Masego Rahlaga, EWN reporter
It's failing, there are too many bad things that have been happening, he made reference to Life Esidemeni. And he says that the government is aware of this but also made reference to the National Development Plan.— Masego Rahlaga, EWN reporter
The minister also said that a lot of people choose to focus on the poor quality of public hospitals, instead of also looking at the fact that private healthcare is expensive.
And he says it's clear that the NDP regards these two as the terrible twins of the health care system. He said you cannot speak about the one and forget the other.— Masego Rahlaga, EWN reporter
Listen below to the full interview: