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Cabinet approves NHI bill despite warnings it could collapse health system

Minister will announce more details on Friday about mooted plan for free high quality health for all

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The National Health Insurance Bill was approved by the cabinet on Thursday, taking SA a step closer to a major health policy change that could spell disaster if industry warnings are not heeded.

The department of health said minister Zweli Mkhize would announce more details on Friday. NHI was described by the previous health department as providing free high quality health for all.

The bill, released in July 2018, proposes a single state-run medical fund reporting to the minister of health, but health industry stakeholders say a new fund would not fix fundamental problems in hospitals and clinics...

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