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Why the NHI is bad medice for South Africa

 14 Feb 20
That there is a need to improve healthcare outcomes in South Africa is entirely obvious. Given the horrendous statistics I have shared above, there is tremendous urgency to do so.…

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.…

Media release: Banning private health insurance denies citizens access to quality healthcare

22 Jan 20  
Hundreds of thousands of people will be stripped of their cover. The entirely predictable consequence is an increased burden on an already over-stretched public healthcare sector, precisely at a time when the country is in fiscal crisis.…

NHI will add to SA’s fiscal and healthcare woes

15 Jan 20   Chris Hattingh
Speaking in KwaZulu-Natal on New Year’s Day, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said that the National Health Insurance (NHI) will put private and public hospitals on par with each other.…

Government intent on destroying private health insurance to pave the way for NHI

10 Jan 20   FMF
JOHANNESBURG – With the recent 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 a…

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.…

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.…

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).…