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healthcareBusinessLive reports that Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Tuesday that the long-awaited National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill was ready for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s scrutiny.  

Delivering his budget speech, Motsoaledi sought to assure Parliament he was making progress in realising the ANC’s promise of universal healthcare.  He indicated that he had planned to present the bill and a related Medical Schemes Amendment Bill to a cabinet committee on Tuesday morning.  But as President Cyril Ramaphosa had been absent and he had taken a special personal interest in the NHI, only the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill was presented to the committee.  "The two bills will be released together as soon as the NHI Bill has been dealt with, with the president leading from the front," said Motsoaledi.  The ANC resolved to implement NHI before Motsoaledi became health minister in 2009, but progress has been slow.  At its heart, NHI is a set of health-financing reforms that aim to provide everyone with healthcare services that are free at the point of delivery.

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