Category: National Health Initiative NHI

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The NHI is far worse than Zuma’s craziest idea

August 26, 2019

The looming spectre of Medi-Eskom, optimistically named National Health Insurance (NHI), is a relief in one respect: as the first major piece of legislation put together by Cyril Ramaphosa’s government, and potentially the last, it has allowed us finally to dispense with the childish but persistent belief that Ramaphosa has a plan. We all understand […]

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The Economic Rationale behind the NHI

August 25, 2019

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE GOLDEN PROMISE OF THE NHI? The government claims that its proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) system will reduce the costs of healthcare and provide all South Africans (now numbering some 58 million people) with ‘quality’ health services that are free at the point of delivery. People who now pay for private […]

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Here’s how the NHI will affect you – including new rules about seeing a specialist

August 14, 2019

The National Health Insurance bill was finally introduced last week, and – despite many, many concerns – it looks as if government will be pushing ahead to start implementing the new healthcare regime. In a nutshell, this is what will happen: medical schemes as we know it will disappear, and your doctor will be paid […]

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How you will be paying for the NHI, and what happens to your medical aid?

August 13, 2019

The Department of Health has published its revised National Health Insurance Bill, promising to bring universal health coverage to every South African. Since being mooted, the NHI has faced constant controversy including questions around how it will be funded, which medical issues will be covered and how private medical aid users will be impacted. These […]

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CMS inquiry told medical schemes are “a law unto themselves”

August 09, 2019

Health Department deputy director-general Dr Anban Pillay told the Council for Medical Aid Schemes’ inquiry into allegations of racial profiling that there were “serious problems” with the medical scheme coding system currently used and that practitioners were being “unfairly treated”. The Health Funders’ Association told the inquiry that it was unable to say whether most doctors […]

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NHI pilot projects reveal deep problems

August 09, 2019

Outreach teams didn’t meet their target of improving infant health and care for pregnant women because there were not enough paediatricians and gynaecologists Zweli Mkhize. Picture: THE TIMES National Health Insurance (NHI) is coming, with the NHI Bill handed to parliament on Friday. But a detailed 200-page document on the 11 pilot projects makes for […]

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The end of medical aid as you know it in South Africa

August 08, 2019

The revised National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill published on Thursday (8 August) shows that there is little space for medical aid schemes as we currently know them in South Africa. While minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize had previously hinted that medical schemes would play a secondary role to the incoming NHI, the revised bill […]

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How you will be paying for the NHI, and what happens to your medical aid – everything you need to know

August 08, 2019

The Department of Health has published its revised National Health Insurance Bill, promising to bring universal health coverage to every South African. Since being mooted, the NHI has faced constant controversy including questions around how it will be funded, which medical issues will be covered and how private medical aid users will be impacted. These […]

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