For SA’s NHI hopes to be realised, the bill needs a lot more work

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For SA’s NHI hopes to be realised, the bill needs a lot more work

The government needs to listen to the ideas and concerns of the healthcare industry’s experts

Bada Pharasi

The big question on everybody’s minds about the national health insurance (NHI) bill is: “What will it do for me?” The answer: “We don’t know yet.”

That is not because people haven’t been doing their jobs. It is because the implications of introducing NHI in SA and the planning it needs are enormous. It affects the healthcare standards each of us expects for ourselves and our families. It also affects whole industries — medical goods suppliers; hospital providers; pharmaceutical manufacturers, such as the members of our association, the Innovative Pharmaceutical Association of South Africa (Ipasa); and many others.

It is exciting to witness this historic development that we all hope will reshape healthcare in this country for the better. It is challenging to be one of the industry groupings contributing thoughts and suggestions to the discussions that will establish this new, better healthcare in our country. We think of it as paying it forward — debating today to create tomorrow’s heritage...

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