The Democratic Alliance has been fiercely opposed to the National Health Insurance Bill. But the official opposition party’s alternative leaves many unanswered questions. Eleanor Whyle, Manya van Ryneveld and Leanne Brady break it down.
At the centre of providing universal health care are people and ensuring equitable services, but can the health minister prevent the private sector from hijacking the National Health Insurance?
On Thursday Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi released to the public the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill which seeks to abolish co-payments, waiting periods, late-joiner penalties and the use of brokers in the industry.
Even among those who support the implementation of universal health coverage in the form of a National Health Insurance (NHI) there is disagreement on what the shift will mean especially for private medical schemes, writes AMY GREEN for HEALTH-E NEWS.
The Competition Commission’s inquiry into private healthcare has changed focus, with medical schemes and administrators doing their best to blame others for the cause high price of private care.