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Ramaphosa dismisses claims the NHI spells the end of private healthcare

VAAL TRIANGLE - President Cyril Ramaphosa has refuted claims that National Health Insurance spells the end of private healthcare. In his weekly newsletter, he wrote that the NHI aims to leverage the strengths of both public and private sectors to create a unified, quality healthcare system for all South Africans. According to the president, the NHI has the potential to alleviate financial burdens for the poor and middle class while ensuring sustainable healthcare for the nation. He emphasised the need for collaboration between public and private sectors to achieve universal health coverage.

Meanwhile, Business Leadership SA says the National Health Insurance will damage private and public healthcare systems while missing an opportunity to deliver improved healthcare for everyone. President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the NHI Bill into law last week. In her weekly newsletter, the organsaition’s CEO, Busisiwe Mavuso, says there is simply no funding for NHI, and the tragedy is that there are ways to deliver universal healthcare that are feasible. Mavuso adds that NHI threatens the country's ambitions of becoming a regional hub for business across Africa.

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