Ramaphosa to sign NHI Bill into law TODAY 

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Image via X @PresidencyZA

Ramaphosa to sign NHI Bill into law TODAY 

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to sign the National Health Insurance Bill (NHI) into law TODAY.  Here is more information.

Ramaphosa to sign NHI Bill into law TODAY 

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Image via X @PresidencyZA

President Cyril Ramaphosa will be signing the National Health Insurance Bill (NHI) into law TODAY. 

THIS MOVE PROMISED TO TRANSFORM SA’S HEALTHCARE SYSTEM 

According to the Presidency, the move will transform South Africa’s healthcare system and ensure universal coverage for health services.

Through this, the country will overcome critical socio-economic imbalances and inequities of the past.

The NHI Bill, passed by the National Assembly (NA) and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) last year, will provide free healthcare at the point of care for all South Africans, whether in public or private health facilities.

The investigation into the NHI’s affordability underscores the role of the Department of Health’s funding projections, which necessitate a monthly contribution of R1,500 from each formally employed South African via a payroll tax.

THE BILL IS READY AND ONLY NEEDS TO BE SIGNED 

The Bill currently only requires President Ramaphosa’s signature for enactment.

Earlier this year, President Ramaphosa said the State was working tirelessly to improve healthcare quality and access equality despite the country’s health system significantly impacting people’s lives.

He said this during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) in February. 

THE IMPLEMENTATION WAS EXPLAINED EARLIER THIS YEAR 

Dr. Joe Phaahla, Health Minister, announced during the debate on Ramaphosa’s SONA that the NHI will be implemented in the final two phases from 2024 to 2026.

Between 2026 and 2028, the government will focus on establishing the Board, CEO, and several key committees of the NHI Fund. 

“We are confident that the innovative funding of infrastructure, as stated by the President, will also contribute to health facilities,” he told Parliament then. 

THESE INCLUDE SEVERAL KEY DELIVERY AREAS 

In the meantime, the Minister said his department was strengthening key delivery areas. These include the healthcare benefits design, digital health systems, and risk identification and fraud prevention.

The signing ceremony will occur at the Union Buildings in Pretoria at 14:00.

THE SIGNING WILL HAPPEN THIS AFTERNOON IN PRETORIA 

Phaahla will conduct a question-and-answer session with the media immediately after the ceremony.