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.

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