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How will the NHI Impact the Private Health Sector?

 05 Dec 19
A short trip down memory lane tells us that when the 1st draft of the Demarcation Regulations (DR) was published in 2012 it effectively banned gap cover products outright – even though gap cover products had already been in existence for around two d…

How other countries manage universal health coverage

 05 Dec 19
The National Health Insurance (NHI) roadshow of public hearings by parliament’s health committee kicked off in KwaZulu-Natal on November 22 and is expected to roll out nationally during early 2020.…

Proposed NHI throws constitutional caution to the wind

02 Dec 19   Martin van Staden
Manifested primarily in the 2019 National Health Insurance Bill and the 2017 National Health Insurance (NHI) White Paper, the NHI, by relegating medical scheme coverage to “complementary cover”, is infringing on South Africans’ right to access health…

NHI leads to limited funding and denial of care, UK and Canada show

25 Nov 19   Johan Biermann
Imagine a health-care system in which the government decides how many doctors and hospitals there should be, the type of medical procedures and medicines patients may receive, and the number and type of diagnostic technologies (MRI, PET and CAT scann…

Achieving universal health coverage will require innovative new technologies

23 Oct 19  
Discussions at last month’s United Nations (UN) General Assembly served as a stark reminder of the danger United Nations and World Health Organization policies pose to the development of new innovations.…

Low-cost healthcare solutions are vital to hit sustainable development goals

03 Oct 19   Jasson Urbach
As UN member states gather in New York for the 74th UN general assembly this week there will be a renewed focus on sustainable development goals (SDGs).…

Ideologically opposed to the NHI, but knowing why

09 Sep 19   Chris Hattingh
There is nothing inherently moral or immoral in the concept of “ideology”; it is only the content of an ideology that can tell us anything morality-wise. For example, if an ideology is based on coercion, it should be considered immoral.…

Pause the NHI, fix the public health sector first

04 Sep 19   Michael Settas
The frenzied reactions to health minister Zweli Mkhize’s new National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill demonstrates that healthcare is an emotive subject for South Africans, with diverse ideologies and often fiercely opposing principles put forward by var…

The government doesn’t own you: The immoral premise of the NHI

28 Aug 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
Following the discussions about the NHI (National Health Insurance), I am struck by how little regard is given to self-ownership.…

Resist the ‘healthpas’ threat to our constitutional rights

15 Aug 19   Martin van Staden
When seeking care from a hospital or doctor, patients will now be required to present their proof of registration with the National Health Insurance (NHI) Fund to access healthcare services.…

National Health Insurance Bill a perfect example of state overreach

14 Aug 19   Dr Johann Serfontein
The long-awaited National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill was published last week and the majority of MPs cheered. It was reminiscent of Nero, fiddling while Rome burned.…

How the government is rolling the dice on everyone’s health

05 Aug 19   Dr Johann Serfontein
Winston Churchill once said “Failure to plan, is planning to fail”. Planning is, however, not a guarantee of success.…

Mkhize clings to NHI while public patients suffer neglect and incompetence

26 Jul 19   Michael Settas
Health minister Zweli Mkhize has the “silver bullet” for the country’s healthcare woes, the parliamentary portfolio committee on health has said.…

NHI will be a disaster on many fronts

25 Jul 19   Jasson Urbach
All South Africans who value quality healthcare and freedom of choice should be very concerned about government’s latest announcement that cabinet has approved the contentious National Health Insurance (NHI).…

State takeover of academic hospitals is not the answer

18 Jul 19   Dr Johann Serfontein
There have been mounting calls recently for central academic hospitals to be moved into the national governance sphere, allowing the national health department to administer and run these institutions.…

Patents are not a major barrier to medicine access

02 Jul 19   Jasson Urbach
In April South Africa played host to the second Fair Pricing Forum where healthcare activists once again lobbied government to “Fix the Patent Laws” in a misguided attempt to improve access to medicines.…

Regulator’s tardiness in approving medicines is hurting the industry and patients

02 Jul 19   Jasson Urbach
One of the most frustrating problems that has plagued the SA pharmaceutical landscape for at least the last decade is the inability of the country’s drug regulator to approve medicines timeously.…

The healthcare landscape after the elections: What can we expect?

14 May 19   Dr Johann Serfontein
Will elections lead to positive changes in SA’s Healthcare system?…

Government focus on private healthcare costing public healthcare

06 May 19   Jasson Urbach
In a written reply to a question in parliament, economic development minister Ebrahim Patel disclosed that the private Health Market Inquiry (HMI) has cost taxpayers R197 million.…

Election fever stokes the NHI fire

18 Apr 19   Michael Settas
When in the grip of election fever, it becomes even more difficult than usual to decipher facts from the deluge of rhetoric and obfuscation proffered by politicians.…

The NHI: Analysis from a public choice perspective

03 Apr 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
The NHI is set to be South Africa’s version of universal healthcare where resources are pooled in order to provide health services for everyone.…

SA’s wasted NHI millions could have been spent so much better

02 Apr 19   Jasson Urbach
In a written reply to a question in Parliament, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel disclosed that the private health market inquiry has cost taxpayers R197 million.…