The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) set out on a mass Right to Health rally in Bloemfontein on March 20th to reveal the political parties response to TAC’s ‘People’s Health Manifesto’.

The ‘People’s Health Manifesto’ was released in Cape Town on March 7th containing 11 questions  relating to three serious categories (HIV and TB, fixing the health system, and uses on governance and accountability) directed to all major South African political parties, which was covered by eHealthNews in an earlier article TAC Release ‘People’s Health Manifesto’.

Although TAC had originally asked all the parties to submit their response by March 14th, the civil society extended this deadline until noon March 18th. Despite the extension, only eight of the 20 political parties invited to respond to questions submitted responses to TAC.

The parties that responded were: Agang SA, Azanian People’s Organisation (AZAPO), Democratic Alliance (DA), Freedom Front Plus (FF+), Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), Pan Africanist Movement (PAM), Patriotic Alliance (PA) and the United Democratic Front. TAC has issued a statement that they’ll still accept late submissions from the remaining parties.

With regards to NHI, the eight responding parties were divided on implementing it, with the DA, Agang SA and PAM responding that they supported the move in theory, but that the NHI needed to be amended. The PA and the FF+ said that they did not support the NHI. PAM said it did not support the universal health insurance in its current form and proposed the nationalisation of private hospitals instead.

eHealthNews will continue to follow the developments of the political party responses to TAC’s ‘People’s Health Manifesto’ and report on further political views regarding the implementation of an NHI.

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