Parliament Friday, 26 May 2023 – The Portfolio Committee on Health has today considered and adopted its 75-page report on the National Health Insurance Bill. The report will be debated in the National Assembly.
The NHI Bill was introduced in Parliament in August 2019 and it was subsequently referred to the committee for consideration. The Bill seeks to realise universal health coverage for all. This means that every South African will have a right to access comprehensive healthcare services free of charge at the point of care at accredited health facilities, such as clinics, hospitals and private health practitioners.
The Bill will create mechanisms for the equitable, effective and efficient utilisation of the fund’s resources to meet the health needs of users. It also seeks to create mechanisms to preclude or limit undesirable, unethical and unlawful practices in relation to the fund.
In facilitating effective public participation on the Bill, the committee conducted nationwide, in-person public hearings in all nine provinces, from October 2019 to February 2020. Additionally, the committee conducted virtual public hearings from May 2021 to February 2022.
ISSUED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, DR KENNETH JACOBS.
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