The one positive of this, even if some of it is depressing, is that there'll be life on the other side, writes Adriaan Basson.
Should Mkhize preside over a less-than-adequate response which flounders in providing an efficient response, he will find it very tough to sell an enhanced role for state care in the broader South Africa, writes Daniel Silke.
While most of the Tshwane residents who attended a public hearing on the National Health Insurance Bill have rallied behind the proposed universal healthcare system, they have highlighted daily challenges with public healthcare.
The proceedings in Piketberg and Khayelitsha highlighted the cries of farmworkers and people living in townships.
Although a number of people in Bloemfontein support the National Health Insurance Bill, they demand quality healthcare services first.
Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni told the National Council of Provinces he did not believe that National Health Insurance should be considered as the only panacea to the challenges dogging the public healthcare system.
People are being misled about what the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill is really about, the DA said as it delivered about 87 000 petitions about the bill to Parliament.
Public hearings on the controversial National Health Insurance Bill are expected to take place in the Northern Cape over the weekend.
While no solid plans have been laid out for the funding of the National Health Insurance, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni says Treasury is in ongoing discussions with the Department of Health.
South Africa spends 5% of the total health budget on mental health services. But the authors' study estimated a treatment gap of 92%.
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.
While the majority of Gauteng residents want the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill to be implemented as soon as possible, they also want the government to not shy away from the serious healthcare system challenges the province faces.
Members of the opposition raised some criticism on some policy issues, like Eskom, the NHI and expropriation without compensation, with recommendations on how President Cyril Ramaphosa can rectify them. On Thursday, he responded.
Many residents of Mangaung in the Free State came out in support of the NHI Bill during the public hearings this week but asked that existing problems in the healthcare sector first be fixed.
If all goes according to plan the NHI Bill may just be on the President’s desk to be signed into law by July or August next year, according to portfolio committee chair Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo.
While many showed fervent support for the proposed legislation, the parliamentary committee had to deal with scepticism over the funding of the National Health Insurance (NHI).
Limpopo residents raise burning issues as the National Health Insurance public hearings kick off in the province.
The pharmacy profession plays a critical role in the National Health Insurance (NHI), says the department of health.
The Portfolio Committee on Health has received about 100 000 submissions on the controversial National Health Insurance Bill, but is yet to read one.
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.
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.
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