In this case we just want to clearly say that universal health care coverage is

In this case we just want to clearly say that

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In this case we just want to clearly say that universal health care coverage is the future and the National Health Insurance will happen. [Applause.] We cannot ... [Interjections.] That is the only way we are going to be able to address the issue of inequality and therefore we can discuss different modalities, but we should not be going back to the question of whether we should or we should not be implementing the National Health Insurance. That debate is over. The implementation of the National Health Insurance is aimed at moving South Africa closer towards universal health coverage,
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 210 wherein all citizens irrespective of their socioeconomic status will be covered to receive quality health care services based on their health needs. In the past it was racial. If you are on the wrong side you knew how the impact of the health services was going to be. This time around it should not be an issue of a socioeconomic division that determines whether you are going to die of simple deceases or not. So, therefore in our case we are focussing on the National Health Insurance as a health financing system designed to pool funds and to ensure that these pooled funds are actively used to purchase health services with a cross-subsidisation of the healthier subsidising the more sick and then the younger subsidising the older and then we have a normal system like that. It is happening in most of the countries in Europe, UK, Germany, France, etc. We are actually copying the system that is already happening. So, we cannot understand why we must go back to a debate about whether we need it or not. In this regard, the National Health Bill is actually on its way to Cabinet and therefore it is going to be introduced in this
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 211 House very soon. Out of that we really want to ensure that the strong governance mechanisms which are put in place, improved accountability on the use of all of the allocated funds. We want to make a huge progress on that one and on that basis therefore we need your support at that level. [Applause.] The SPEAKER: Hon Minister, your time has expired. The MINISTER OF HEALTH: We have had support of the members of the various stakeholders who came to say, “Thuma Mina.” [Send me.] Mr President, we are ready to sign the accord. They are saying, “Khawuleza!” [Hurry up!] We are supporting you. Thank you. [Applause.] The SPEAKER: Thank you, Sir. The hon Mazzone. Ms N W A MAZZONE: Madam Speaker, hon President, Deputy President, and fellow Members of Parliament, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul. There comes a time in every country’s history when the brave need to stand up and they need to be counted. There comes a time when the people must have
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 212 their voice heard and can no longer face the abuse of government.
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