NHI Bill gazetted, paving way for NHI fund

The National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill has been published in the government gazette, paving the way for the health department to set up an NHI fund that will purchase healthcare services on behalf of the population. It is the first piece of enabling legislation for realising the government’s ambitions for introducing universal healthcare. NHI is … Continue reading NHI Bill gazetted, paving way for NHI fund

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Bill to amend medical schemes gazetted for public comment

The Medical Schemes Amendment Bill has been gazetted for public comment, setting in motion a potentially contentious debate between the government, industry and consumer groups over how best to protect patients from catastrophic medical expenses. Briefing reporters ahead of the release of the bill, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said the changes were intended to give … Continue reading Bill to amend medical schemes gazetted for public comment

When will NHI kick in‚ medical association asks Motsoaledi

The SA Medical Association (Sama) says the National Health Insurance (NHI) bill to be released by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Thursday must address the issue of when the policy will be fully implemented. This week‚ Motsoaledi announced that he would be releasing two bills - the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill and the NHI Bill … Continue reading When will NHI kick in‚ medical association asks Motsoaledi

8 things you need to know about the National Health Insurance bills

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is expected to release two bills on Thursday which could make universal health care a reality for South Africans. The National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill and the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill have caused a “hurricane” and will complement each other, Motsoaledi said in his budget vote speech in the National Council … Continue reading 8 things you need to know about the National Health Insurance bills

Motsoaledi briefing on NHI and Medical Schemes Bills

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi is to brief the media today (Thursday) on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill and the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill. News and analysis will be posted to the MedicalBrief website during the course of the day. The content of both Bills, which have yet to be published in the Government Gazette for comment, are keenly awaited by … Continue reading Motsoaledi briefing on NHI and Medical Schemes Bills

Free State health department’s wage bill is impacting its services

The department’s salary bill eats up 66% of its budget — yet 20% of posts are empty, largely due to potential employees losing patience with the slow processing of applications The Free State health department’s steadily increasing salary bill is crowding out spending on goods and services, Parliament heard on Wednesday. This means there is … Continue reading Free State health department’s wage bill is impacting its services