Health compact needs budget increase, warns Western Cape MEC
More money is needed to make the presidential health compact a reality, as provincial health departments grapple with shrinking budgets
Western Cape MEC for health Nomafrench Mbombo has sounded a warning about the cost implications of the presidential health compact signed last week, saying more money will have to be allocated by the fiscus to make the plan’s commitments a reality.
The compact is a blueprint for improving the public health system, and is part of the government’s plan for achieving universal health coverage with the National Health Insurance (NHI) fund. It includes a list of promises, including lifting the moratorium on filling critical posts in the public health system and training more specialists, which have yet to be costed.