Hospital Association ‘disappointed’ at NCOP’s adoption of NHI Bill

Hospital Association ‘disappointed’ at NCOP’s adoption of NHI Bill

The Hospital Association of South Africa says it's disappointed and concerned by the National Council of Provinces's decision to pass the National Health Insurance Bill.


It says the NCOP missed an opportunity to look into the many suggestions and proposals that business representative organisations, and other healthcare stakeholders have tabled about the bill.


The associations Mark Peach says while they will support the Bill's objective of universal health coverage, there a is need for more clarity regarding the future role of medical schemes among many other issues.

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"We feel that the legislature has missed an opportunity to deal with fundamental, critical issues that threaten to derail universal healthcare into the future. Included are staff shortages, the funding arrangements." 


"We have issues with the single funder model, we believe that this needs to be looked into seriously and urgently. We urge the presidency to look very carefully at the very many substantial and insightful contribution that have been made to strengthening the NHI Bill.”



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