Feb 22, 2020

FIA at the Gauteng Public Hearings on the National Health Insurance Bill - day 2

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FIA Healthcare Executive Committee

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The Gauteng Public Hearings on the National Health Insurance Bill will be taking place from Friday 21 to Monday 24 February. Representatives from the FIA will be presenting some of the key messages from our full submission on NHI at these sessions.

Andre Jacobs a representative from the FIA Healthcare Executive Committee presented at the  public hearing held in the West Rand District at the Chief Mogale City Hall today.   

Please read his statement below.

Sanibonani, Good morning, Goeie môre.

I represent the Financial Intermediaries Association of Southern Africa.

We appreciate the opportunity to address the PCoH and will briefly touch on one aspect of our submission in this public hearing.

We submitted that the recommendation for ward-based primary care teams, contained in the National Development Plan, be considered. The potential economic value of this proposal is massive.

  1. It can create a substantial number of new jobs
  2. Employed people are healthier and can therefore contribute more to the economy
  3. The impact that 8 people in every municipal ward will have to promote healthier living is immense and will contribute to a better awareness of living a healthy lifestyle

This proposal requires meticulous management, capacity, and systems to be put in place, which may draw criticism concerning the validity of this motion. But this should not detract from the value these ward-based primary health care teams can have on improving health outcomes.

Sisonke masisebenzele kwi-South Africa enempilo! Let’s work together for a healthier SA.

Please click here to view his statement at the City of Tshwane public hearing held in Soshanguve yesterday.

We will provide feedback on the last two sessions which is scheduled to take place in the West Rand District  tomorrow and the City of Ekurhuleni on Monday.

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