News24 | President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially signed NHI into law

President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially signed into law the National Health Insurance Bill at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. (Thahasello Mphatsoe/News24)

President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially signed into law the National Health Insurance Bill at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. (Thahasello Mphatsoe/News24)

President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially signed the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill into law.

The signing ceremony took place on Wednesday at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. 

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Ramaphosa said: “We are gathered here to bear witness to the signing into law of the NHI, which at the stroke of a pen is about to become an Act of Parliament.

“This transformational healthcare initiative gives further rise to access to healthcare for everyone.” 

He said the NHI would ensure that society did not have to bear untenable financial burden when they needed medical assistance. 

“The healthcare system is fragmented and wholly unacceptable. The private sector serves people with few resources,” he said.

He said those trying to return the government to a fragmented system are out of line with the global world.

“We are not mad, we are outliers,” said Ramaphosa.

More to follow.

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