The powers, privileges and consequence management set out in typical section 3A entities are no different to what is being proposed in the NHI Bill.
As the National Portfolio Committee on Health embarks on its public hearing process on the NHI, due to start tomorrow (25 October) in Mpumalanga, Parliament has confirmed that more than 100 000 written submissions on the Bill have already been received. This is more than a month before the extended deadline for submissions expires on the 29th of November.
These are the words of Dr Nicholas Crisp, the man who has been appointed to one of the most challenging positions in the country’s healthcare system – that of developing and implementing the organisational capacity for the administration and operations of National Health Insurance (NHI)
The government recently published an updated National Health Insurance Bill for public scrutiny and commentary, inciting support and opposition, informed by three primary considerations: economic interests, ideological prisms and lived experiences within the nation’s health system. This article combines all these dimensions and demonstrates how NHI benefits transcend the current narrow focus on fiscal or revenue issues.
It is common cause that Universal Access to Healthcare Services is desperately needed in throughout the world and in South Africa, as a basic human right. There are however major questions about the most effective and realistic way of achieving this.