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Improving South Africa’s health sector

As SA moves towards rolling out universal health coverage (UHC) through the implementation of a National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, the focus remains on the viability and sustainability of such a system in a country burdened by a myriad of health and socio-economic challenges. (more…)

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There Will Be No Turning Back on NHI Policy

The rollout of National Health Insurance (NHI) programmes in 10 districts this year is an indication that there is no turning back on government’s plans to implement the system in the next 13 years. This was the assurance given by Dr Olive Shisana, chairperson of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on NHI at last month’s Economist Conference […]

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Summit Puts Impact of NHI on Healthcare System under the Microscope

Private hospitals have reconfirmed their support for the implementation of a National Health Insurance (NHI) system in SA but have urged government to recognise the huge role the private sector can play in order to make it successful. Speaking at the recent Third Healthcare Summit in Johannesburg, Hasa chairperson, Dr Nkaki Matlala said research has […]

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Taking the Gap: Putting your Head on the Capitation Block

 Dr Ron Kemper For those of you not old enough to have worked with the old railway and mines medical benefit organisations of the 1970s, I feel a pressing need to inform you of the ramifications of the so-called capitation remuneration model that has been proposed for doctors participating in the National Health Insurance (NHI). […]

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Law in Practice: Health Legislation and Policy – What’s in Store for 2012?

 Elsabé Klinck The year 2012 will see several legislative changes and implementation of various policies, some of which were announced in the second half of 2011. In this article, the legislative and policy changes already announced will be addressed, as well as those likely to occur in this year. These changes will provide healthcare stakeholders […]

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Private Specialists’ Input Crucial to Ensure a Workable NHI System

As the period for comment on the Green Paper on National Health Insurance (NHI) drew to a close, specialists in private practice have urged government to produce a more detailed, expanded document that takes into consideration the recommendations of other stakeholders before drafting its policy document or White Paper on the envisaged new health system. […]

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PPP to Boost Subspecialty Training in SA

Plans to increase the number of subspecialists in the country have received a shot in the arm with the conclusion of the first official agreement that will allow the private and public sectors to work together in the upskilling of specialists wanting to specialise further in their respective fields. Although initially limited to cardiologists, the […]

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Holy Cow! Ghosts at the NHI Conference

SA will have to overcome numerous hurdles before National Health Insurance (NHI) can be implemented, one of which must be to create an environment of trust and cooperation between the public and private health sectors. Health minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, in his numerous speeches on NHI, manages to both inspire and irritate, as he reiterates […]

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NHI Rollout will Deliver Economic Benefits

Sven Byl, KPMG’s head of healthcare The benefits that increased health expenditure could have on economic output could outweigh the negative economic impact of increases in taxation proposed to fund SA’s National Health Insurance (NHI) system. The potential increase in the productivity of the South African workforce through improving their health could increase South African GDP […]

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