OPINION: We did the sums on SA's mental health spend. They're not pretty

2019-10-10 14:17

South Africa spends 5% of the total health budget on mental health services. But the authors' study estimated a treatment gap of 92%.

Committee extends written submissions deadline for NHI Bill

2019-10-02 08:53

The public will have extra time to hand in written submissions on the National Health Insurance Bill after Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Health extended the closing date.

4 ways the Competition Commission’s latest investigation will change NHI

2019-09-30 18:48

What does a nearly 300-page technical report mean for the move to the new health financing model — and your pocket?

South Africa, US face-off over the world's first declaration on universal healthcare

2019-09-27 06:01

Meanwhile, at home, some say the National Health Insurance won’t be enough to improve the quality of healthcare in the country.

Land reform, NHI a source of uncertainty for investors - PwC CEO

2019-09-04 14:58

PwC Southern Africa CEO Shirley Machaba said policy uncertainty continues to be a concern for South Africa CEOs.

Universal health care must be publicly funded - former Norwegian PM head on NHI

2019-09-03 19:50

Universal health care can only be achieved with a publicly funded system, the former prime minister of Norway and director-general of the World Health Organisation, Gro Harlem Brundtland, has said.

NHI will boost SA's economy, says health minister

2019-08-30 05:00

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has defended the policy of National Health Insurance as one that would be beneficial to the economy.

'SA cannot afford not to implement NHI' - Mkhize

2019-08-29 19:47

Universal health care is a global movement, it is not South Africa moving on its own, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has told the portfolio committee on health.

NHI Bill is not suspended, says Dhlomo

2019-08-27 16:37

Portfolio committee on health chairperson Sibongiseni Dhlomo says report that the National Health Insurance Bill has been suspended are false and untrue.

Country cannot afford NHI, Nedbank economist tells tax indaba

2019-08-26 17:05

While Nedbank economist Busisiwe Radebe told delegates at a tax indaba that NHI was too expensive, Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize has argued it is a 'fallacy; to say it would bankrupt the country.


Q&A: From doctors' salaries to 'top-up' insurance: What we know about NHI

2019-10-06 14:01

While government intends to have NHI up and running by 2026, with public hearings due to start in October, several questions remain unanswered. Fin24 spoke to public health expert Dr Lydia Cairncross to find out more.

Batohi eyes rampant corruption in healthcare, but hamstrung by lack of capacity

2019-10-01 22:15

President Cyril Ramaphosa has launched the Health Sector Anti-Corruption Forum in partnership with different government stakeholders, including National Director of Public Prosecutions Shamila Batohi.

You're paying more for private healthcare and getting less, Competition Commission investigation reveals

2019-09-30 10:15

A lack of competition in the sector isn't just bad for your wallet, it could be bad for your health.

Public hearings on NHI Bill to start in October

2019-09-22 20:14

With public hearings on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill set to begin in October, the chairperson of the portfolio committee on health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, has written to all parties represented in the National Assembly.

NHI causes alarm among rural government employees - despite medical aid costs, workers want choice of 'quality' private healthcare

2019-09-04 14:50

Members of the country’s biggest medical aid scheme – government employees – are concerned about the implementation of universal healthcare.

Ramaphosa to brief world leaders on NHI

2019-09-01 14:05

President Cyril Ramaphosa will meet with the group, known as The Elders on Tuesday in Cape Town to discuss South Africa's plans to introduce its controversial National Health Insurance.

NHI Bill is constitutional - state law advisers tell Parliament

2019-08-29 20:04

The National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill is constitutional, state law advisers have told the portfolio committee on health.

5 things we know so far about how NHI will be financed

2019-08-29 15:28

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says although his department has indicated proposals on how the National Health Insurance programme will be funded, ultimately it is up to Treasury to table a money bill.

Treasury worried about NHI funds not being used as planned, MPs hear

2019-08-27 12:44

So far only R200m has been spent on the National Health Insurance programme, or 9.5% of the R2.1bn budgeted for the full 2019/20 financial year, according to Treasury.

Ferial Haffajee: The private sector medical complex needs a wake-up call too

2019-08-23 16:15

Private sector healthcare is also vulnerable to corruption and capture, says Ferial Haffajee.

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