Today's Labour News

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healthcareCity Press writes that private medical aids and hospital groups should be cautious when offering services to government as part of the proposed national health insurance (NHI) scheme because there are still too many uncertainties surrounding the system.  

Neil Kirby of Werksmans Attorneys has warned that, while it was appreciated that the private sector was freely offering services and resources, this needed to be done with caution from a legal perspective.  “We are in unknown territory,” he said at the Hospital Association of SA’s annual conference last month.  Kirby’s warning followed various suggestions by leaders in the private healthcare industry about possible cooperation between the public and private sectors regarding pregnancies, school healthcare programmes and cataract and hip replacement procedures, as prioritised in the white paper on the NHI.  Government is in the process of preparing for the full implementation of the NHI scheme, which is supposed to ensure quality healthcare for all South Africans by 2026.

  • Read this report by Riana De Lange in full at Fin24