n South African Medical Journal - National Health Insurance - what the people want, need and deserve! : correspondence

Volume 101, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



To the Editor: At the 2008 SAMA conference 'The Future of Health Care in South Africa - How Will It Be Provided and Funded?', I addressed the history of South Africa's health policy, in particular the views of the mass movements on health and access to health care, traced back to the Freedom Charter (1955). Their continued appeal for a state-run preventive health scheme, free medical and hospital care (with special attention to mothers and children) and better access to health care is highlighted in frameworks such as the Reconstruction and Development Plan (1994), the ANC's National Health Plan for South Africa of 1994 (developed with the World Health Organization and UNICEF), the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (1996), the White Paper for the Transformation of the Health System of South Africa (1997) and the National Health Act (2004).

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