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Mediclinic News : THE POWER, THE PURSE STRINGS AND THE NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE

Title

THE POWER, THE PURSE STRINGS AND THE NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE

Date

2019-09-17

Link

https://bhekisisa.org/opinion/2019-09-17-the-power-the-purse-strings-and-the-national-health-insurance/

News Description

BHEKISISA.ORG The National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill proposes significant shifts in who controls our national and provincial health budgets. Will the draft legislation rob provinces of traditional control, or will it open up new, and more effective ways of making sure money goes where it’s needed most? Find out in the first in “Compass,” our new series on South Africa’s move to the NHI. There is no better time for a radical transformation in the way that we fund healthcare than now — and the recently released National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill presents us with such an opportunity. Although there are still numerous gaps in the latest iteration of the document, which proposes drastic healthcare reforms, the centralisation of public funding — particularly the proposed shifting of provincial equitable share allocation and conditional grants to the NHI Fund — is a step in the right direction. Russell Rensburg is the executive director of the Rural Health Advocacy Project.
Created at 2019/09/20 01:04 PM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2019/09/20 01:04 PM by Mediclinic