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NHI – Treasury announces ‘substantial’ progress

The South African National Treasury announced on Friday that it has made “substantial” progress on the national health insurance (NHI) Bill consultation in key areas and have reached agreement on most of the major issues. This statement was made in response to a so called “leaked letter” and its annexure that specified a number of […]

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NHI project on backburner – a return to sanity

National Health Insurance project on backburner – a return to sanity It appears that rational thinking is making a slow but sure comeback, judging by a recent Fin24 report summarised in Legalbrief Today: National Health Insurance (NHI) projects will be put on the back-burner as the Health Department has to reprioritise its budget, Health Minister […]

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Unintended Consequences of NHI

Research by economics consultancy Econex looked at the impact of removing tax credits to medical schemes and then reallocating them to funding National Health Insurance (NHI) as suggested by the 2017 White Paper. A report in Fin24 notes that tax credits are paid to principal members of medical schemes to “reimburse” them for making use […]

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New findings contradict NHI White Paper

Recent research conducted by Econex, a leading firm in competition economics, paints a different picture to that portrayed in the NHI White Paper on healthcare in South Africa. In a research note published this month, it challenges the claim that the current financing system punishes the poor. A summary of the research, published as a […]

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NHI promises equality of care

Implementing NHI will be an enormous task but promises equality of care for everyone – GTC Healthcare Whilst every South African will find it difficult to argue with the concept of National Health Insurance (NHI), a serious dichotomy exists between those individuals who are currently covered by a medical aid, who may not be willing […]

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NHI White Paper Published

Reports since the publication of this long awaited document certainly contained conflicting reports on what we can expect. Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch notes that that references in the media to proposals ‘scrapping’ tax credits for medical scheme members altogether” may have been misinformed. “The paper’s chapter on NHI financing acknowledges that these requirements […]

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NHI Update

A report in Business Day quotes Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi as saying that he will present a revised version of the National Health Insurance (NHI) white paper to a cabinet subcommittee on Tuesday, 16 May. “A key aspect that will be scrutinised is the future role of SA’s medical schemes and administrators.” The paper proposes mandatory […]

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