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The unknowns of National Health Insurance are exactly what we should be afraid of

 11 Mar 20
It was India’s late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who once said, “Beware of ministers who can do nothing without money, and those who want to do everything with money.”…

2020 – A healthcare upturn unlikely

 28 Jan 20
2019 brought with it a host of healthcare policy decisions, which aimed to stabilise the South African healthcare sector, promoting sustainability.…

Removal of low-cost health plans prejudices low income workers

17 Dec 19   Michael Settas
Last week the Council for Medical Schemes published Circular 80 of 2019, which bans low cost benefit options.…

Media release: Government is intent on destroying private health insurance to pave the way for its NHI scheme

10 Dec 19  
With last week’s announcement by the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) that no Low-Cost Benefit Options (LCBO) will be allowed for low-income consumers and no health insurance products will be allowed beyond March 2021, South Africans are another ste…

How will the NHI Impact the Private Health Sector?

05 Dec 19   Michael Settas
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   Michael Settas
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.…

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…

Media release: National Health Insurance is catastrophic for SA’s healthcare and economy

21 Nov 19  
The latest iteration of National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill was gazetted on 26 July 2019 and is open for public comment. It’s a depressing sense of déjà vu.…

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.…

The NHI wrecking ball entrenches SA’s terminal illness

08 Aug 19  
The latest iteration of the NHI Bill has confirmed what South Africans have known for more than a decade: that taxes will need to rise to fund the government’s unworkable and unfeasible NHI scheme.…

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.…

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.…