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Mediclinic News : Health Market Inquiry report postponed again!

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Health Market Inquiry report postponed again!

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2018-05-29

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MEDBRIEF AFRICA The eagerly-awaited release of the Competition Commission’s Health Market Inquiry’s Provisional Findings and Recommendations Report has been postponed again. The release of the report was initially scheduled for August 2016, two years after the HMI Panel commenced its inquiry. It was then postponed to the end of April this year, then to 31 May and will now only be published on 28 June the HMI says in a statement. The announcement of the postponement comes shortly after Cabinet approved the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill for publication in the Government Gazette and public comment. However, there is still now word about the National Health Insurance Bill that Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said would be approved with the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill after scrutiny by President Cyril Ramaphosa. One of the most controversial proposals in the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill is the introduction of uniform tariffs for healthcare providers which is also included in the latest version of the NHI White Paper. However, role players in the private sector has warned that uniform tariffs can’t be introduced without direction from the HMI on how tariffs should be determined and consideration of the latest practice cost studies conducted in the private sector. Announcing the postponement of the Provisional Report, the HMI says additional time is required to finalise the inputs of stakeholders for integration into the document and to reflect the different views of stakeholders. According to the HMI, it continues to “engage stakeholders who made submissions subsequent to their allocated times in the Data Access Room and is close to concluding this process, in collaboration with its own external experts”. “In the interests of procedural fairness and to ensure that the inquiry process has been thoroughly validated, the Panel has taken the decision to delay the release of the Provisional Report,” the HMI noted. It added that the HMI Panel will hold a media conference on 28 June, during which the Chair will officially present and release the Provisional Report to stakeholders and the public. Details on the comment period on the Provisional report will also be announced then. According to the HMI, the Provisional Report will provide a further opportunity for engagement with stakeholders before the final report is released.
Created at 2018/06/05 04:47 PM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2018/06/05 04:47 PM by Mediclinic