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Country Profile - South Africa

South Africa, the southernmost country on the African continent, has a population of 54.5 million people and a life expectancy at birth of 59 years (male) and 66 years (female). Since 2012, South Africa has been in the process of significantly reorganizing its health system to implement a National Health Insurance fund as well as develop and roll out National Core Standards to benchmark and regulate quality of care by Provincial Health Authorities. The EU-Luxembourg-WHO UHC Partnership, which South Africa joined in January 2016, is providing expertise and facilitating policy dialogue to support this transition. You can access important country documents by clicking here.

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The National Core Standards for Health Establishments in South Africa

The government of South Africa has committed itself to further progress on Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Delivering quality health …

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Reports on Road Map Activities

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  • ER1 : Countries will have prepared/developed/updated/adapted their NHPSP through an inclusive policy dialogue process leading to better coverage with essential health services, financial risk protection and health equity
  • South Africa will have updated the White Paper on National Health Insurance through an inclusive policy dialogue process towards an increased coverage with essential health services, financial protection and health equity
  • 80%
  • ER3 : Countries requesting health financing (HF) support will have modified their financing strategies and systems to move more rapidly towards universal coverage (UC), with a particular focus on the poor and vulnerable
  • South Africa develops implementation plan(s) for the National Health Insurance to move towards universal coverage, with particular focus on the poor and vulnerable
  • 80%
  • ER4 : Countries receiving HF support will have implemented financing reforms to facilitate UC
  • South Africa starts implementing health financing (HF) strategies and systems aimed at moving closer to UHC
  • 50%
  • ER5 : Accurate, up-to-date evidence on what works and what does not work regarding health financing reforms for universal coverage is available and shared across countries
  • Lessons learned and up to date evidence on what works and what does not work in relation to HF reforms for universal coverage in South Africa is available and shared across countries
  • 0%

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Country Report - South Africa (2016)

Last Updated Dec 01, 2016