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NHI Bill Hearings in the Pipeline

September 25, 2019

Parliament

25 September 2019

Public hearings on the National Health Insurance Bill are scheduled to get underway towards the end of October 2019.

In a statement, the portfolio committee on health confirmed that official communication has been sent to all political parties represented in the National Assembly informing them of the hearings.

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.

The NHI Fund will purchase health care services for all users who are registered with the Fund.

According to the statement, the hearings will kick off in Mpumalanga from 25-28 October.

The committee indicated that further detail on the hearings will be communicated in October.