National Health Insurance Bill
NHI Bill tabled in Parliament
The National Health Insurance Bill was tabled in Parliament at the beginning of August 2019. The Bill aims to reform the health care environment in South Africa.
The Bill proposes that a National Health Insurance Fund be established. The National Health Insurance Fund will provide access for all, to health services through accredited and contracted health care service providers. The Fund will purchase and pay for health care services, medicines, health goods and or health-related products from a pooled fund on behalf of the users of the Fund.
The following persons will be eligible to make use of the Fund:
South African citizens;
Certain categories of individual foreigners.
Asylum seekers and Illegal foreigners will be entitled to emergency medical services. A foreigner visiting South Africa is required to have travel insurance and will receive benefits in terms of the travel insurance policy or contract. If the traveller does not have travel insurance, he or she will only be entitled to emergency medical services or services that are required to benefit public health.
Children, whether children of asylum seekers or illegal migrants, will always be entitled to basic health care services.
If approved the Bill will be implemented in two phases. Phase 1 for a period of 5 years from 2017 to 2022 and Phase 2 from 2022 to 2026.
In the attached document we answer some questions you may have surrounding the proposed Bill.