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The government is at a “far advanced” stage in the revision of a detailed National Health Insurance (NHI) plan for implementation, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his third State of the Nation (SONA) address in two years.

Ramaphosa said most South Africans believe the state should now start to focus on implementation rather than talk. South Africa’s struggling economy must be a priority, he said, including a 50% youth unemployment rate which he called a crisis. According to a Business Insider report Ramaphosa said the state is at “far advanced” stage in the revision of a detailed NHI plan for implementation.

This includes accelerating quality of care initiatives, building human resource capacity, the establishment of the NHI Fund structure, and costing the administration of the NHI Fund.

The report says the NHI is a massive overhaul of South Africa’s health care industry which envisions that every South Africans become a member of a state-run medical scheme.

Also, 2m more South Africans will be receiving treatment for HIV/Aids by December 2020. HIV should not be a health threat to South Africa any longer, Ramaphosa said, and this will be achieved by the state implementing its 90-90-90 strategy…..more