City Gears for National Health Insurance Implementation

The introduction of the National Health Insurance (NHI) will narrow the gap between services offered in public health facilities and private hospitals.

MEC for Health Dr Bandile Masuku informed health practitioners and officials from the Department of Health in the City that government will fully implement NHI in 2026. This was during the NHI engagement session at the Alberton Civic Centre recently.

“We cannot wait for 2026 to start improving the healthcare services but rather the system should find us ready to implement it. Primary health services are the point of entry to healthcare which is the first place people register for NHI. Hence the importance of providing an all-round satisfactory service to patients visiting our facilities regardless of their employment or socio-economic status,” said the MEC.

Dr Masuku said NHI is patient-centred, clinician led and stakeholder driven to create partnerships, hence the need for the nursing staff and management to align their efforts with improving the patients experience and improving staff morale as core priorities.

Residents can enquire about the registration at their nearest healthcare facility or alternatively visit for more information.