Sasa, Discovery Health roll out event-based contract model
Sasa, Discovery Health roll out event-based contract model

An alternative reimbursement model has been launched that will benefit patients and encourage best practice among clinicians in the private healthcare sector...

5 Sep 2018

Carl Grillenberger, Advanced Health CEO
Private healthcare industry needs to change

The "startling costs" of South African private healthcare is at the heart of the Competition Commission's Health Market Inquiry (HMI) draft report released in July...

3 Sep 2018

Summit to discuss health challenges
Summit to discuss health challenges

A National Health Summit to discuss challenges faced by the health sector and the implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI) will be held in Gauteng on 19 and 20 October...

30 Aug 2018

Flickr/Rafiq Sarlie
New healthcare plan promises to overhaul South Africa's massively skewed system

Since 1994 South Africa has invested substantial resources in healthcare services. As a result, it's has made significant health gains...

By Russell Rensburg 28 Aug 2018

Radical transformation needed to achieve UHC
Radical transformation needed to achieve UHC

Technology, increased usage of community health workers, and rapid increases in healthcare financing are likely to be instrumental to achieving universal healthcare (UHC) in countries around the world...

27 Aug 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa and Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi
Quality healthcare must be for all

South Africa must move beyond the era of exclusively preserving quality healthcare for those with deep pockets, said President Cyril Ramaphosa...

27 Aug 2018

Dr Guni Goolab, principal officer, Government Employee Medical Scheme
5 advantages of universal health coverage

The immense value that universal health coverage brings to a society is reflected by the fact that it is now included in the new Sustainable Development Goals...

16 Aug 2018

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Why South Africa needs to discipline the private healthcare industry

If a service is provided by a company rather than government, this does not automatically mean a market is at work. The point is fairly obvious but has passed many in South Africa by...

By Steven Friedman 26 Jul 2018

Pharma's role in NHI
Pharma's role in NHI

In its current form, the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) is by no means perfect and there remains a lot of uncertainty...

24 Jul 2018

Will HMI insights get lost in the rush to finalise healthcare laws?
Will HMI insights get lost in the rush to finalise healthcare laws?

Has the almost simultaneous release of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill and the provisional findings of the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) created an information overload?

23 Jul 2018

Comment on the NHI Bills presented by Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi
Comment on the NHI Bills presented by Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi

Bonitas Medical Fund welcomes the draft amendment Bill to the end that it aims to make healthcare more accessible...

Issued by Bonitas 3 Jul 2018

A patient collects her medication at a clinic in Khayelitsha, South Africa. Photo: MSF/Sydelle WIllow Smith
South Africa's universal health care plan falls short of fixing an ailing system

South Africa's Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has finally gazetted the bill detailing an ambitious plan to roll out universal health care in the country through a National Health Insurance...

By Laettia Rispel 3 Jul 2018

Mohsen George, vice president, Health Insurance Organisation, Egypt
Egypt's Social Health Insurance - a stepping stone to UHC

Currently covering more than half of its 95.6m population, Egypt is considered a benchmark country in the Middle East when it comes to health insurance...

By Mohsen George 2 Jul 2018

At a glance: What the National Health Insurance means for you and your pocket
At a glance: What the National Health Insurance means for you and your pocket

Two Bills, almost 200 pages may change healthcare forever in SA. Haven't read them? We did the heavy lifting so you don't have to...

By Mia Malan 28 Jun 2018

Health department expects to be sued over proposed NHI changes
Health department expects to be sued over proposed NHI changes

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is preparing to be taken to court as he continues to propose changes in the healthcare system that could cost medical aid schemes millions...

By Pontsho Pilane and Laura Lopez Gonzalez 22 Jun 2018

Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi
Motsoaledi outlines changes to Medical Schemes Act and NHI

Two of the proposed amendments to the Medical Schemes Act will do away with co-payments, and abolish the practice of using brokers within the medical schemes environment...

22 Jun 2018

Health minister, Aaron Motsoaledi
A step closer to the NHI

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi says the release of two bills - the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill and the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill - is poised to make history...

20 Jun 2018

NHI open for public comment soon
NHI open for public comment soon

The National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill of 2018 will be published in the Government Gazette shortly for public comment.

8 Jun 2018

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Prioritising the health citizen in UHC

The concept of health citizenship integrates patients' needs with the knowledge of healthcare professionals in planning tools and programmes that will change the inequalities in healthcare...

30 May 2018

How can private healthcare contribute to NHI?
How can private healthcare contribute to NHI?

The private healthcare sector needs to firm up its collaboration effort to the National Health Insurance (NHI) programme...

23 May 2018

Photo: Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism
Rands and sense: Why the National Health Insurance may lead to better health budgets

About 200m from where I work in Rosebank, Johannesburg, there is a private clinic housing a general practitioner, a team of specialised surgeons, a rehabilitation centre, and state-of-the-art imaging and radiology technology...

By Natasha Salant 16 May 2018

Cathie Webb, South Africa Payroll Association executive
NHI: Where has the money gone?

An additional R4.2bn has been allocated to National Health Insurance (NHI) over the medium term in the latest budget...

20 Mar 2018

The R256bn question: Where is NHI going to get its money from?
The R256bn question: Where is NHI going to get its money from?

The idea behind NHI is that it will operate as a single publicly financed and administered fund to which all South Africans will make compulsory contributions, based on their ability to pay...

27 Feb 2018

#Budget2018: Medical aid credits stay, but NHI funding model still unclear
#Budget2018: Medical aid credits stay, but NHI funding model still unclear

The approximately eight-million people in South Africa who rely on medical tax credits to subsidise the cost of existing medical aid schemes can breathe a sigh of relief...

By Lebo Motsumi 22 Feb 2018

Chris Hattingh, researcher at the Free Market Foundation
Free Market Foundation: NHI is morally bankrupt

The yet-to-be-implemented National Health Insurance (NHI) system is based on seemingly noble plan to ensure all South Africans are provided with essential quality healthcare, regardless of who they are, poor or rich...

By Chris Hattingh 19 Dec 2017

Health minister, Aaron Motsoaledi
NHI could mean uncomfortable trade-offs, Davis Tax Committee warns

The government's current proposals for National Health Insurance (NHI) are unlikely to be sustainable unless there is sustained economic growth...

By Tamar Kahn 15 Nov 2017

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#MTBPS2017: NHI fund plan on hold till Treasury gets more input

The Treasury has delayed plans for the NHI fund, pending advice on the feasibility of adjusting the medical tax credits to finance it....

By Tamar Kahn 26 Oct 2017

Tax credits, funding and the NHI
Tax credits, funding and the NHI

A report shows that 1.9-million members might not be able to afford medical aid if the tax credit is scrapped...

By Dr Johann Serfontein 10 Oct 2017

Neil Kirby, head of the healthcare & life sciences practice at Werksmans Attorneys
#HASA2017: Plotting the legislative pathway to NHI

However well-intentioned National Health Insurance (NHI) is, it will fall flat without the necessary supporting legislation...

By Nicci Botha 2 Oct 2017

#HASA2017: NHI needs to start delivering now
#HASA2017: NHI needs to start delivering now

South Africa can't wait for the final NHI system in 2026 to start delivering on universal health coverage...

By Nicci Botha 27 Sep 2017

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