In December 2021 SAFMH was invited to present at National Health Insurance (NHI) Public Hearings.
The NHI is a proposed health financing system designed to provide access to quality affordable health services for all South Africans based on their health needs, irrespective of their socio-economic status.
SAFMH also put together a user-friendly infographic which highlights our three main requests for the incoming NHI. These are:
- A medium-term conditional grant for earmarked investment in the mental health system in advance of a fully implemented NHI as recommended in the Mental Health Investment Case report.
- To invest and monitor this grant wisely into intersectoral community-based mental health services, expanded mental health care at a Primary Health Care level, and prevention interventions
- To work with other government departments to ensure that their policies and budgets augment the NHI mental health benefits packages for successful implementation.
You can find this infographic on our infographics page.
The NHI Public Hearings will continue throughout this year and SAFMH looks forward to continue engagement with the National Department of Health to achieve Universal Health Coverage, especially access to mental health care for all in our country.