The NHI Bill was introduced to Parliament in August 2019 and is currently under consideration by the National Assembly’s Portfolio Committee on Health. The bill is currently going through the stipulated parliamentary processes, including a public participation period, which might inform some amendments to the bill, before it is put before the National Assembly for a vote. The portfolio committee invited stakeholders and interested parties to submit written submissions on the bill (deadline is 29 November).
If the National Assembly passes the bill, it will be referred to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) for a similar process and concurrence. Because this is a section 76 bill and affects the interest, concerns and capacities of the provinces, the more say the provinces will have on its content. If the NCOP passes it, it will then be referred to the president for assent.
At a press briefing in Parliament, chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo confirmed that already over 100 000 written submissions have been received on the bill.
There is enormous public interest in this bill and it is unsurprising that South Africans are engaged and adding their voice…..more