Ramaphosa signs ‘momentous’ NHI Bill into law

Ramaphosa signs ‘momentous’ NHI Bill into law

The National Health Insurance Bill became law on Wednesday afternoon. 

Ramaphosa NHI bill signing

President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the bill during a ceremony at the Union Buildings. 

He described it as a monumental occasion.

"We are gathered here today to witness the signing into law of the National Health Insurance Bill, a pivotal moment in the transformation of our country. It is a milestone in South Africa's ongoing quest for a more just society.

"This transformational health care initiative gives further effect to our constitutional commitment to progressively realise access to health care services for all its citizens. At its essence, the NHI is a commitment to eradicate the stark inequalities that have long determined who receives adequate healthcare and who suffers from neglect.

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Ramaphosa said universal healthcare is a global community move.

"A number of countries are moving towards universal healthcare and we as a country have made a global commitment that we are going to have universal healthcare. So those who are trying to hold us back, to a fragmented system are completely out of line with the global vision that has been set, which we are a part of." 

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