Several weeks ago I too was reminded of the importance of the work that we do

Several weeks ago i too was reminded of the

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Several weeks ago, I too, was reminded of the importance of the work that we do here. I lost a family member who was still in his prime following a short illness. His death impressed upon me why we need to improve the quality of health care in this country, not just for our family members, but for the people who rely of this government’ service. The millions of South Africans who have no other choice, but to surrender themselves to an overburdened health system are the people that the DA is here fighting for. [Applause.]
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 248 Mr President, your address on the health system of our country was simply not good enough. There are urgent commitments that South Africa requires from you when you respond to this debate tomorrow; firstly, fixing the broken health system, this requires an honest reflection about what has gone wrong in the health sector of our country. The DA unequivocally supports universal health care for our people. However, in doing so, we cannot destroy the economy; risk a brain drain and rampant corruption. The Presidential Health Summit held last year, was simply an admission that there are deep inequalities when it comes to access to health. This is a known fact. The gap between those who have health coverage and those who rely on the public health sector are huge. However, this is because of decades of neglect and poor policies by the ANC government. The rural Eastern Cape where I come from is visual representation of failure by this government. Nothing works. Dedicated and hardworking health care professionals are thrown into areas that have not seen delivery in decades. These are men
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 249 and women who want to serve, but are hamstrung by the unavailability of medicine, crumbling infrastructure and no medical equipment. In KZN, thousands of patients died due to the oncology crisis which the ANC’s nominated chairperson for the health committee, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo has now presided over. Yes, the rising cost of private health care needs to be addressed and this can be regulated by using existing legislation such as the Medical Schemes Act 131 of 1998. However, the fact that pregnant women who use our health facilities are taking a gamble with their lives is something that the ANC government needs to accept responsibility for. The fact that the elderly are tied to chairs waiting for medical care as was done in Mamelodi Hospital is entirely on this government. The fact that there is a lack of access to reproductive health care leads to young women getting backstreet abortions and children under five die annually due to poor
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 250 living conditions is an absolute indictment on this executive.
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