National Hospital Network Granted Conditional Exemption

Department of Economic Development

A conditional exemption has been granted to the National Hospital Network (NHN).

The economic development department published notification of the exemption in Government Gazette 42092.

Spotlight on Draft NHI Bill

National Treasury

National treasury has declared that the Draft National Health Insurance Bill will soon be tabled in cabinet for approval.

The bill was published for comment in June 2018.

Health Laboratory Service Bill Sent Back to NA

National Council of Provinces

The National Health Laboratory Service Amendment Bill has been amended by the national council of provinces and returned to the national assembly for concurrence.

The national assembly passed the bill and sent it to the national council of provinces for concurrence in April 2018.

Presidential Health Summit Focuses on NHI

The Presidency

The outcomes of the recently completed Presidential Health Summit will be used to dramatically improve the health system in preparation for the implementation of National Health Insurance (NHI).

The deputy president, David Mabuza, revealed this during closing remarks at the Summit.

NCOP Seeks Comment on Public Health Institute Bill

Select Committee on Social Services

The select committee on social services seeks comment on the National Public Health Institute of South Africa Bill.

The bill was tabled in May 2017.

Certain Sections of Traditional Health Practitioners Act in Effect

The Presidency

Certain sections of the Traditional Health Practitioners Act have come into effect.

The presidency published the proclamation notice in Government Gazette 41945.

Completion Date for Private Healthcare Market Inquiry Extended

Department of Economic Development

The final Inquiry report and recommendations for the Competition Commission’s Market Inquiry into the private healthcare sector will now be completed by 30 November 2018.

The Inquiry, which commenced in January 2014, was originally intended to conclude on 30 November 2015.

National Health Amendment Bill Tabled


A private member’s bill that aims to ensure that clinics operate on a continuous basis has been tabled in parliament.

The National Health Amendment Bill was drawn up by Dr S S Thembekwayo, an Economic Freedom Fighters member of parliament.

Plan to Implement NHI by 2025

The Presidency

Government plans to incrementally implement the National Health Insurance (NHI) from 2019 so that everyone in South Africa is covered by 2025.

President Ramaphosa declared this during an address to the National Health Insurance Consultative Meeting in Pretoria.

National Public Health Institute Bill Sent to NCOP


The national assembly has passed the National Public Health Institute of South Africa Bill and sent it to the national council of provinces for concurrence.

The bill was tabled in May 2017.

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