SECTION27 and the Treatment Action Campaign have asked the public to give input on issues in the NHI Bill that they have identified for review. The input will be incorporated in their submissions on the NHI Bill. The deadline for submissions on the Bill expires next week on 29 November.

The organisations have identified three major aspects of the Bill that they feel, should be changed. These are:

1. Governance – The Minister of Health appoints the NHI Fund Board members (after appointing the ad hoc panel that interviews and recommends them), the Board Chairperson, and the CEO of the NHI Fund. In simple terms, decision-making is far too concentrated.

2. Transparency – To increase public trust in the NHI and to reduce the risk of corruption under NHI, it is imperative that all NHI-related processes and decisions are as transparent as possible.

3. Try before you buy – The NHI Bill introduces a range of new structures and administrations that are untested. We are bringing the establishment of these new structures into law, with no way to turn back if they fail, and without any transition provisions that could stagger implementation and allow for learnings.

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