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Mediclinic News : NO TRUTH TO REPORTS I'M BULLDOZING THROUGH NHI BILL, SAYS MOTSOALEDI

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NO TRUTH TO REPORTS I'M BULLDOZING THROUGH NHI BILL, SAYS MOTSOALEDI

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2018-11-29

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CAPE TIMES Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has slammed reports that he is "pushing" the National Health Insurance Bill NHI through Cabinet without proper consultation and public participation, saying that enemies of NHI will do everything possible to halt the bill. This comes after reports emerged at the weekend suggesting that Treasury officials and President Cyril Ramaphosa's adviser, Olive Shisana, were at each other’s' throats over a number of changes introduced after the public comment period on the bill had closed. The original draft bill was released on June 21, with a three month comment period that closed on September 21. The bill intends to pave the way for a central fund that will purchase services on behalf of patients. It will also realise the government's ambitions of providing universal health coverage. The Health Ministry's spokesperson, however, slammed the reports, saying there was no deviation from protocol, or irregularities, in the conclusion of the bill. The department's Popo Maja said: "We have no doubt that enemies of NHI will do everything possible to try to stop NHI from becoming a reality, failing which they will try to cast doubt and aspersions on the integrity of the process. "We wish to reassure the nation that no law is being breached nor any illegality or irregularity committed in the manner in which the legislative process towards realisation of NHI is being conducted between the Department of Health, its officials, the Treasury, the Presidency and the rest of government," said Maja. It is also claimed that Motsoaledi is trying to push the bill through Cabinet without consulting with Treasury and health Department officials. Last week, Health director-general Precious Matsoso claimed that she was side-lined, and not involved in revising the bill after certain changes were made to it despite being the department’s accounting officer. The minister, however, said no one had the sole power to decide on the bill, saying that various stakeholder are involved at all stages of negotiating the bill. “It is unfortunate that some anti-NHI individuals or entities have decided to personalise, isolate and attack some hard-working and dedicated presidential support staff, particularly Professor Olive Shisana, employed to help drive government priorities in the social sector, health included,” said Maja. However, the DA has called on the Portfolio Committee on Health and the Standing Committee on Finance to convene a joint meeting to discuss NHI in the wake of the reports. DA MP Lindy Wilson said: “The revised national Health Insurance Draft Bill should be made public and the public participation process should be immediately reopened. “The dodgy revised bill would put the needs of South Africans on the backburner yet again, and the DA will not allow this to happen.”
Created at 2018/12/05 09:48 AM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2018/12/05 09:48 AM by Mediclinic