National Health Insurance Bill: Is it implementable in its current form?

  • Gboyega A Ogunbanjo Editor-in-chief South African Family Practice Journal


The South African Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, recently announced the gazetting of the National Health Bill and Medical Schemes Amendment Bill. Since the announcement, there has been a flurry of activities by the various stakeholders especially the private healthcare providers and funders to unpack the implications of this bill on both private and public healthcare sectors. The private healthcare sector has been more proactive, organising workshops, seminars and symposia as they perceive that the moment the bill becomes an “Act”, it will be ‘fait accompli’ and will affect how they run their business in the future. However, it is critical to have an understanding of some implications of the NHI on the South African health system.