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NHI White Paper
National Department of Health | 11 December 2015
Media comment following the release was focused on the five funding options outlined in the document, but there is no clear indication as to which financing mechanism would likely be introduced.  Radical changes to medical aids would result in private schemes only being able to provide 'top-up cover' for medical treatments not available on the NHI.  The document proposes a three-phase implementation over the next 14 years. Click the link below to view the White...
NHI White Paper
National Department of Health | 11 December 2015
Media comment following the release was focused on the five funding options outlined in the document, but there is no clear indication as to which financing mechanism would likely be introduced.  Radical changes to medical aids would result in private schemes only being able to provide 'top-up cover' for medical treatments not available on the NHI.  The document proposes a three-phase implementation over the next 14 years. Click the link below to view the White...
NHI will reduce medical aids to 'complementary services'
Health-e News | 11 December 2015
Government's White Paper on the National Health Insurance (NHI) proposes a single, compulsory medical scheme for all, with private medical schemes being reduced to offering "complementary services". A central NHI Fund will buy health services from accredited healthcare providers. All citizens and permanent residents will be covered by the NHI, while a special fund will be set up for refugees. Documented asylum seekers will be able to access emergency care. Everyone else will...
NHI will cover everyone: Motsoaledi
Times Live | 11 December 2015
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has revealed some of the details regarding government's plan to introduce National Health Insurance (NHI). Under the NHI, medical schemes will only offer top-up cover for those services not covered by the NHI, the NHI will be funded through a central fund (partially funded from a payroll levy), medical brokers will be done away with (they currently receive R1.5 billion rand per year), and doctors will be able to access the central fund if they choose to...
NHI could require additional tax revenue of R71.9bn
BDlive | 11 December 2015
The financing requirements for National Health Insurance (NHI) could potentially require additional tax revenue of R71.9bn in 2010 prices by the financial year 2025-26, according to the NHI White Paper. Three potential sources of tax revenue are identified for funding the shortfall: increasing VAT, a payroll tax, and a surcharge on personal income tax. Five alternative scenarios using various combinations of these tax bases are identified as possibilities.
White Paper on National Health Insurance
National Department of Health | 11 December 2015
National Health Insurance (NHI) is a health financing system that is designed to pool funds to provide access to quality, affordable personal health services for all South Africans based on their health needs, irrespective of their socioeconomic status. NHI is intended to ensure that the use of health services does not result in financial hardships for individuals and their families.
NHI funding proposals keenly watched
BDlive | 10 December 2015
THE long-awaited white paper on National Health Insurance (NHI), which paves the way for sweeping reforms to the health system, is expected to be released to the public on Friday. Given the current fiscal constraints confronting the government, there will be keen interest in the proposed financing mechanisms for NHI. The private healthcare industry will also be closely watching what the government has to say about its future role. The white paper is the next step in policy development...
Call for Application to the Primary Health Care Expert Review Committee
National Department of Health | 8 December 2015
The National Department of Health is calling for applications from suitably qualified doctors, pharmacists, nurses and other health professionals for appointment to the Expert Review Committee for the Primary Health Care Level Essential Medicines List. 
Press release: Medicines Control Council approves fixed-dose combination of tenofovir disoproxyl fumarate and emtricitabine for pre-exposure prophylaxis of HIV
SA Medicines Control Council | 3 December 2015
At its 75th meeting on 27-28 November 2015, the Medicines Control Council (MCC) approved the use of the fixed-dose combination of tenofovir disoproxyl fumarate and emtricitabine to include pre-exposure prophylaxis of HIV (also referred to as PrEP).  
Turning the tide against TB: Treatment alone won't work
Mail & Guardian | 2 December 2015
The global TB rate has been falling by 1.5% per year – far slower than the 10% yearly declines needed to end TB within twenty years. Just last month, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released new data showing that, despite being curable, tuberculosis (TB) has overtaken HIV and Aids as the world’s leading cause of death from an infectious disease. According to WHO, TB killed 1.5-million people worldwide in 2014, including an estimated 96 000 South Africans – these...
TB medication for children available at last
TimesLive | 2 December 2015
For the first time‚ there is medicine for children with tuberculosis (TB) specially designed for them. Although TB is at least 8,000 years old and treatment that cures the disease is more than 50 years old‚ children have been given adult medicine‚ making it hard to give them the correct dose. The medicine also tastes bad‚ making children less likely to take it. The new medication was announced on Wednesday morning at the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health...
How much healthcare policy is based on evidence?
The Guardian | 1 December 2015
New medicines prescribed by the NHS must pass clinical trials and cost-benefit tests, but not all health policies go through such a rigorous process.  The NHS relies on scientific evidence to assess new medicines: drugs are only authorised if they pass clinical trials, and offered only if they pass a cost-benefit test. But similar research into healthcare policy is often used to fuel arguments rather than guide decisions.