Committee hears of NHI pilot problems

Stumbling blocks remain to effective testing of how the National Health Insurance will work at pilot sites.  Teething problems at provincial health departments, including a lack of co-ordination, poor planning and uncertainty in districts, remain stumbling blocks to the effective testing of how the National Health Insurance (NHI) will work at pilot sites.

The dire state of affairs was detailed in a Financial and Fiscal Commission presentation to Parliament’s portfolio committee on health and the standing committee on appropriations.

In 2015, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi introduced the NHI white paper. In February, the government announced that it would set up an NHI fund even though the white paper is considered a work in progress…..more

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