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