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Comment on NHI Bill Extended

October 2, 2019

Parliament

2 October 2019

The comment period for the National Health Insurance Bill has been extended.

The bill was tabled in parliament in August 2019.

It aims to:

• achieve universal access to quality health care services in the Republic in accordance with section 27 of the Constitution;
• establish a National Health Insurance Fund and to set out its powers, functions and governance structures;
• provide a framework for the strategic purchasing of health care services by the Fund on behalf of users;
• create mechanisms for the equitable, effective and efficient utilisation of the resources of the Fund to meet the health needs of the population;
• preclude or limit undesirable, unethical and unlawful practices in relation to the Fund and its users; and
• provide for matters connected herewith.

The bill flows from the National Health Insurance (NHI) White Paper, published in June 2017.

It sets out government’s proposals to put a universal health coverage system in place.

The NHI aims to pool funds to provide access to quality and affordable health services for all South Africans based on their health needs and irrespective of their socio-economic status.

Comment was originally sought until 11 October 2019.

The deadline has now been extended until 29 November 2019.

According to a portfolio committee on health statement, the extension follows requests from stakeholders for more time to comment on the proposed legislation.