WATCH: Health Minister on the National Health Insurance Bill

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JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi unpacked the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill that has been approved by Parliament on Thursday.

NHI is the government’s policy for introducing universal healthcare.

Motsoaledi says equalising health care for both rich and poor will be a challenge.

The minister also came under fire in the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday for the dire state of public health services.

 

On Thursday, Motsoaledi said he&39;s concerned that medical schemes are making money at the expense of patients.

"The data at our disposal shows that the medical schemes are holding in reserve R60b that&39;s not being used....it means there&39;s unnecessary accumulation at the expense of patients," said Motsoaledi. 

"Medical schemes by law shouldn&39;t be profit-making, they are mutual benefit funds for patients. We are worried when huge amounts are put in reserve when patients are required to pay more  and that&39;s why we need to deal with this issue."