by AKANI CHAUKE
JOHANNESBURG – AFFORDABLE, accessible and good quality health care should be the cornerstone for a unified health care system for all South Africans.
This is according to the Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa (BHF) at the just-concluded Presidential Health Summit.
“The health summit is a very important step towards a progressive dialogue on health reforms in the country,” said BHF Managing Director Dr Katlego Mothudi.
Mothudi said the board had noted that various stakeholders of the health sector had been having their own conversations with little or no interaction with one another.
“We are aware of the problems experienced in the healthcare system. We have however not articulated them in a way that can contribute to seeking solutions.”
The Presidential Health Summit aimed to outline a roadmap towards the National Health Insurance by rebuilding the health care system to provide quality healthcare for all.
In his opening address, the Deputy President, David Mabuza stated, “As we plan to introduce NHI in a phased approach from 2019, we need to incrementally accredit the health facilities to meet the standards set by the Office of Health Standards Compliance.”
The BHF is a representative body of the healthcare funding industry.
BHF members include medical schemes, administrators and managed care organisations in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
– CAJ News