The Department of Health invites you to submit written comments on the proposed National Health Insurance Bill (NHI) and the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill.

You are invited to object or support the Bills by providing comment below. Should you be unsure, read the live comments, a summary or official documents below the form.   Closing date is midnight 21 September 2018.

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Select NO or YES to the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill
No to the MSA BillYes to the MSA Bill

Select NO or YES to the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill
No to the NHI BillYes to the NHI Bill

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Yes to the MSA Bill
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Sydney Johannes
Yes to the MSA Bill
Yes to the NHI Bill
For me I welcome both the initiatives , that seek to come up with solution towards ensuring that our people whether poor or rich will get the same medical treatment in any medical institution regardless of medical aid.
No to the MSA Bill
No to the NHI Bill
The Medical Schemes Amendment bill which has a number clauses of concern, the most significant change is that of funding those that are less healthy. I am fortunate to be in excellent health however I also ensure that maintain a healthy lifestyle which includes a balanced diet as well as frequent exercise. I cannot be held accountable for those that do not even attempt to follow the same lifestyle choices regardless of their economic situation.
With regards to the NHI if the government and municipalities stopped stealing the tax money and lining their own pockets there would be ample funds to fund a world class medical solution. Furthermore the state facilities are in general poorly managed and funds allocated to these facilities are also subject to misappropriation. There is no governance in place for either the Tax money collected nor the facilities using the funds effectively. Both of these bills are merely an attempt for government to further line their own pockets for personal gain under the pretense of serving the public.
No to the MSA Bill
No to the NHI Bill
The country cannot afford it at this stage. Have a good look at our Gov. Hospitals right now appaling service. By the time your are seen to you most probably find yourself prematurely in heaven.. And as for hospitals....I can comment on Adington in Durban....cannot render oncology treatment..Their equipment is non functional ( no funds available to maintain them). I visited a patient friend in a ward it was dirty ...the toilet had no window and the light bulb wasn't working and you could smell the urine to high heaven because you couln't see the toilet bowl. A BEDSIDE TROLLEY for patients to eat from had 3 wheels only instead of 4 and it stood lop sided....no pride by workers they are only interest is to wait for their pay cheques at the end of the month.
Yes to the MSA Bill
No to the NHI Bill
MSA bill can be emended in favour of clients

No to NHI for three reasons
1. Public health facilities are in badly run
2. Government cannot subsidse it's peoples health care and will further burden the small workforce in order to fund the NHI
3. As in all sectors both public and private corruption is rife


The National Heath Insurance (NHI) Bill aims to;

  • provide mandatory prepayment health care services in the Republic in pursuance of section 27 of the Constitution;
  • establish a National Health Insurance Fund and to set out its powers, functions and governance structures; to provide a framework for the active purchasing of health care services by the Fund on behalf of users;
  • create mechanisms for the equitable, effective and efficient utilisation of the resources of the Fund to meet the health needs of users;
  • preclude or limit undesirable, unethical and unlawful practices in relation to the Fund and its users;
  • provide for matters connected herewith.

The Medical Schemes Amendment Bill aims to;

  • amend the Medical Schemes Act, 1998; so as to exclude the application of the Consumer Protection Act, 2008, in relation to matters governed by the Medical Schemes Act;
  • extend the functions of the Council;
  • insert a new section 8A in terms of which the Council may require information from medical schemes concerning the services rendered by the health care providers to beneficiaries;
  • insert a new Chapter 3A providing for the creation of a Central Beneficiary Register and the management of that register by the Registrar and to establish risk measurement methodology;
  • redetermine the provisions relating to the admission of beneficiaries to a medical scheme and the cancellation of membership;
  • insert a new Chapter 5B, in relation to the various requirements applicable in determining the contributions payable to a medical scheme by its members;
  • provide for a Health Care Providers Register to be kept and maintained by the Registrar;
  • repeal certain sections;
  • re- determine the provision dealing with the establishment of the Appeal Board;
  • introduce an enhanced system of governance of medical schemes under the new chapter 11A;
  • empower the Council to determine broker fees from time to time and define the circumstances in which a medical scheme may receive payment of broker fees due by its members to a broker;
  • declare the carrying on of the business of a medical scheme by a person not registered as a medical scheme to be a separate offence,
  • prescribe the criminal penalties that may be imposed on persons convicted of that offence;
  • provide for matters connected therewith.


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