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parliamentBusinessLive reports that Parliament’s portfolio committee on health will only consider how to manage the vast volume of written submissions it has received in response to the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill in February.  

At issue is whether MPs will scrutinise each of the hundreds of thousands of submissions themselves or outsource some of the work to a third party.  Parliament’s rules are silent on the issue.  Chairperson Sibongiseni Dhlomo said he did not know precisely how many written submissions on the NHI bill had been received by the 29 November deadline, but parliament indicated on 23 October that it had already received more than 100,000 written submissions.  The DA said last week it had collected another 87,000 submissions.  The bill is the first piece of enabling legislation for the government’s plans for implementing universal health coverage, which aims to ensure that all eligible patients have access to health services that are free at the point of care.  In a parallel process, the portfolio committee is holding provincial public hearings and has already toured Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Eastern Cape.  Dhlomo said the committee planned to complete its public hearings in the remaining four provinces early in 2020, finishing up in the Western Cape.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Tamar Kahn at BusinessLive

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