DA calls on Parliament to rollout nation-wide public hearings on the NHI Bill
1 September 2019
The DA calls on National Assembly Chair of Chairs, Cedric Frolick, to budget and plan for an extensive public participation process for the National Health Insurance Bill in the next coming weeks. The Bill is now before Parliament to deliberate on and take into account public inputs before the clause by clause analysis of the legislation.
This Bill, which will see the nationalization and over-centralization of the health system, has far-reaching consequences for each and every South African. That is why it is critical that the public participation process sees every entity, interest group, civil society and ordinary citizens make inputs into the legislative process.
The NHI Bill is riddled with problematic elements and has gaping loop holes which are yet to be answered and resolved. These include:
- No sustainable funding model for the implementation of the Bill;