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healthcareBusinessLive reports that developing the legal framework to breathe life into the National Health Insurance (NHI) policy is likely to take twice as long as the government has planned.  

This was said by Neil Kirby of Werksmans Attorneys, who is one of SA’s leading healthcare lawyers, at the annual Hospital Association of SA (Hasa) conference on Wednesday.  It will require such a complex set of legislative reforms, it will be impossible to achieve by 2022, he told delegates.  The NHI aims to provide quality healthcare services to everyone, which is free at the point of delivery, and to narrow the gap between the care currently available to the rich and poor.  The government’s latest policy on NHI envisages the enabling legislative framework for NHI to be developed between 2017 and 2022.  In addition to amending 11 existing healthcare acts, the government would probably need to craft two entirely new pieces of NHI-related legislation, said Kirby.  Amendments would probably be needed to the Consumer Protection Act and the Labour Relations Act as well.  Once the acts have been promulgated, they will then require enabling regulations to bring them into effect.  "This is gargantuan, paradigm-shifting stuff.” Kirby pointed out.

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