The price of private health
care needs to be reduced to help the National Health Insurance scheme work,
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said in Johannesburg on Thursday.
"Two things are needed
to make the NHI flourish – the public health care system must work and pricing
in private health must be tamed."
The private health sector
was resisting this change, he said.
"Court cases are being
prepared. I'm aware of people who follow me to meetings... taking notes to
prepare a court case.
"They want to make
people believe that health care is expensive."
Motsoaledi said he could
not be neutral on the matter.
"I want health care to
Quality standards needed to
be high and consistent, and monitoring and evaluation systems were being
developed to help ensure the NHI could realise this ideal.
The NHI pilot project was
started in April 2012 across 11 districts in the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga,
Limpopo, and the Free State.
The scheme will be phased
in across the country over 14 years.