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National Health Act, 2003 (Act No. 61 of 2003)


National Health Insurance Policy towards Universal Health Coverage

Chapter 7 : Financing of NHI

7.1 Aims of Health Financing Reform


195. There are several important aims of these financing reforms, as follows:
(a) To move beyond the existing fragmented public and private health financing systems to create a common modern universal health financing system which is cost-effective, trusted by citizens and provides protection against costly health services
(b) To move from voluntary to mandatory prepayment system
(c) To raise additional revenue for healthcare
(d) To improve pooling arrangements so as to better spread risk and improve cross-subsidisation
(e) To purchase from a mix of public and private providers
(f) To use economies of scale and purchasing methods to achieve cost-efficiency
(g) To deliver quality services and continual improvements in health outcomes