The North West’s move to put more than 300 community health workers on bicycles has met resistance from workers and union representatives as they alleged they were never consulted about the bikes – and that they remain underpaid.
With just 393 ambulances on Gauteng roads, the province is far from meeting national standards for emergency vehicles despite 49 recently procured ambulances. Now one Eldorado Park family says they have paid the ultimate price for the province’s ambulance shortage.
More than three years after Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi first announced National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot districts, Health-e News tracks what the NHI has meant on the ground and in people’s lives.
With almost 100 community health teams scouring the district’s streets, Tshwane and North West’s Dr Kenneth Kaunda districts are leading South Africa in pioneering community health as part National Health Insurance (NHI).
Patients in rural KwaZulu-Natal are able to pick up their medicine from a wide range of local pick-up points, in a national experiment aimed at cutting the long queues at hospital pharmacies.
One common medical aid for all South Africans, as envisaged by government’s proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, is many years away, but many of the country’s 10 pilot sites are making progress.
With the majority of South Africans still denied affordable access to quality healthcare, it’s time to find a faster track to deliver universal health coverage, writes Metropolitan Health CEO Dylan Garnett.