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NHI: Private doctors will be crucial

Aug 12 2011 07:36 Sapa

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Johannesburg - Doctors' input is necessary for the successful implementation of the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, the SA Medical Association said according to a radio news report on Friday.

Speaking to the SABC, chairperson Norman Mobasa said 30% of South Africa's doctors were in the public sector and 70% in the private sector.

"It is clear and obvious that for any successful implementation they would need the participation of the 70% that are not in the system," he said.

Meanwhile Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said in a radio news report that cosmetic surgery and expensive dental procedures will not be covered by the proposed NHI.

"The state is committed to offering a wide range of services, as wide a range as possible," he told the SABC on Friday.

He said the NHI would offer care at all levels, but would not stretch to procedures that were not necessary to patients' health.
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