7 June 2016 SECTION27 Submission on the NHI White Paper

SECTION27 welcomes the release of the White Paper on National Health Insurance (White Paper) for public comment. As an organisation that is committed to the realisation of the right of everyone to have access to health care services including reproductive healthcare and the right not to be refused emergency medical treatment as entrenched in section 27 of the Constitution, we support universal health coverage. We thank the National Department of Health (the Department) for inviting comments to the White Paper. We are in agreement with the White Paper’s recognition that “Prior to the 1994 democratic breakthrough, South Africa had a fragmented  health system designed along racial lines. One system was highly resourced and benefited the white minority. The other was systematicallyunder-­resourced and was for the black majority”. SECTION27 notes that the remnants of that racist and inequitable system still linger in post apartheid South Africa and see health system reform as vital to the broader vision of equality. We have, therefore, always been committed to working with the Department in the development of a policy that aims to realise the right of everyone to have access to healthcare services and that gives credence to equality, dignity and fundamental human rights. 7 June 2016 SECTION27 Submission on the NHI White Paper

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