The South African Cabinet has approved the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, which is expected to be tabled in Parliament before the end of the year. When passed, the NHI law will provide for universal quality healthcare services to all South Africans, irrespective of their socio-economic background.
Mr Jackson Mthembu, minister in the Presidency, said that the NHI scheme will be rolled out in phases once it has been passed.
“Once the Bill has been passed, the existing draft implementation plan will be amended accordingly to give effect to the transitional arrangement of rolling out the NHI in phases,” he said.
The government has also said that medical facilities need to be upgraded in readiness for the implementation of the universal health insurance scheme, including building new hospitals and clinics and refurbishing existing hospitals and clinics.