The African National Congress (ANC) says it supports a proposal by the health sector to redirect individual tax refunds from medical aids to fund the National Health Insurance (NHI).
The party’s education and health commissions have given a report back on the resolutions taken during the recent ANC policy conference.
Chairperson of the committee on health and education Naledi Pandor says about R22 billion is paid out annually in tax rebates that could go towards improving South Africa’s health sector.
“We thought this would give a very important catalyst to the health sector as we seek to implement the National Health Insurance.”
She says the implementation of the NHI remains a priority.
“NHI will succeed by the degree to which it addresses prevention rather than treatment, and as primary healthcare, it is extremely important to the successful implementation of the NHI.”
The committee has also proposed that the ANC review its current policy cycle from the current five-year period to 10 years with regular reviews to monitor whether these policies are being implemented.