RHAP’s NHI Submission 2018/19

RHAP’s NHI Submission 2018/19

The relationship between poverty, healthcare and poor health outcomes has been well established; not only do poor people experience higher burdens of disease because of various social determinants, they also have less access to care. Globally, research continues to show that this is particularly acute for rural populations. These populations tend to carry a disproportionate burden of both communicable and non-communicable diseases and across almost all indicators experience worse health outcomes. The South African context is no different and any transformative project, such as the National Health Insurance (NHI), must necessarily account for the unique demographic epidemiological and socio-economic factor that shape rural areas.

RHAP NHI Comment FINAL 2018:19