Across the provinces, the hearings reveal that people do in fact know what they want from a functional health system that serves their needs. But we have to ask, have people been adequately educated about the bill?
The Health Ministry has condemned those who have criticised the speed at which the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill is being processed, claiming they want to “delegitimising” the process.
Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, says he plans to appoint a regulatory body that will ensure that hospitals comply with set requirements to be accredited as suitable facilities under the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) system.
Activists say Treasury and national health department must abide by international health standards for the levy on sugary drinks to be effective in curbing the rise of non-communicable diseases in the country.