oa ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa - In pursuit of health equity in South Africa
A critique of the proposed national health insurance : legislation & policy review

Volume 10, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1684-260X



The right of access to health care services is guaranteed in the Constitution of South Africa (section 27(1)(a)). In addition, the Medical Schemes Act 131 of 1998 seeks to promote access to affordable private health care for those who are unable to pay for their health care. Also, the National Health Act 61 of 2003 mandates the Minister of Health to ensure the provision of health services within the limits of available resources (section 3). Furthermore, the Department of Health has adopted several policies, including the Policy on Quality in Health Care for South Africa, aimed at implementing this right.

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