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Draft NHI Bill to be Released Soon

Department of Health

The release of the Draft Medical Schemes Amendment Bill and the Draft National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill is imminent.

The health minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, announced during his department’s budget vote speech in the national council of provinces.

Medical Schemes Amendment Bill in the Pipeline

Department of Health

The Draft Medical Schemes Amendment Bill is on track.

During his department’s budget vote speech in parliament, the health minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, announced that the proposed legislation will be placed before cabinet for approval soon.

Control of Tobacco Products Bill Published for Comment

Department of Health

The Draft Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill has been published for comment.

The health department published the draft bill in Government Gazette 41617.

National Health Laboratory Service Bill Sent to NCOP

Department of Health

The national assembly has passed the National Health Laboratory Service Amendment Bill and sent it to the national council of provinces for concurrence.

The bill was tabled in Parliament in May 2017.

Record Compensation Payments to Ex-Mineworkers for Lung Disease

Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

A record number of 1 203 payments were made in March 2018 to compensate ex-mineworkers for occupational lung diseases.

According to a planning, monitoring and evaluation department statement, the payments totalled R18.2 million.

Parliament Briefed on Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Bill

Parliament

Parliament was recently briefed on the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill.

The private member’s bill was tabled in parliament in December 2017.

Norms and Standards for Health Establishments Published

Department of Health

Norms and Standards Regulations Applicable to Different Categories of Health Establishments have been drawn up.

The department of health has published the Norms and Standards Regulations designed to promote and protect the health and safety of users and health care personnel.

Dispensing Fees for Pharmacists Adjusted

Department of Health

Dispensing fees for pharmacists have been published in Government Gazette 41362.

The health department published the adjusted fees in terms of the Medicines and Related Substances Act of 1965.

Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill Tabled

Parliament

The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill has been tabled in parliament.

Parliament called for comment on the bill in July 2017.

CMS Identifies Undesirable Business Practices

Department of Health

The Council for Medical Schemes has declared certain business practices to be undesirable.

The health department published the declaration in Government Gazette 41299.

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