NHI White Paper

NHI White Paper

The NHI White Paper has been released today! While RHAP is still perusing the content we welcome the fact that rural populations have been identified as a vulnerable group, as well as people with disabilities. It will be imperative that the NHI fund will address the rural context – this will require equitable (ie higher than average) resources for deprived rural areas, to uplift the many public facilities without proper infrastructure, staff accomodation and the like; the smaller economies of scale which drive up the cost per patient, the higher burden of disease and the specific access challenges typical for rural areas, and particularly for rural people with disabilities.