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.
The Presidency and Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi seem intent on pushing the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill through Parliament before next year’s election despite major unanswered questions.
The Department of Health (DoH) and Public Works will go to court on Friday to fight a case laid against them by the Public Servants Association (PSA) about the beleaguered Civitas building in Tshwane.
There is a risk that the Health Market Inquiry’s recommendations on the private health sector will be disregarded by government as they do not align with the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, warn health activists. But are the two mutually exclusive? And what are the government’s plans? HEALTH-E NEWS’ Amy Green finds out.
While the public health system is desperately under-funded, money alone will not fix it. Yet this is the underlying assumption of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, which serves to force the public and private health systems into a hasty marriage.
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.