CAPE TOWN – The Presidency has set up a National Health Insurance (NHI) "war room" to address challenges in the public healthcare system.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said this when he addressed the launch of the Presidential Health Summit Report on behalf of President Cyril Ramaphosa at Tuynhuys in Cape Town on Tuesday.
The President, who had flown in from Addis in the early hours of the morning, was unable to personally launch the report and delegated Motsoaledi to do so in his place.
President Ramaphosa indicated in the State of the Nation Address (Sona) that in 2019 the government would take a significant step towards universal health coverage that will bring quality health care to all South Africans.
On Tuesday, the Motsoaledi said the NHI delivery model would be based on the primary health care approach, which emphasises the importance of providing preventative, promotive, curative, promotive and rehabilitative services.