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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

Parliament

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

Parliament

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.

National Health Amendment Bill in the Pipeline

Parliament

A draft bill providing for a living will and a durable power of attorney for healthcare is in the pipeline.

Comment has been called on the Draft National Health Amendment Bill, a private member’s bill drawn up by Deidre Carter, a COPE member of parliament.

Material Transfer Agreement of Human Biological Materials in Place

Department of Health

The Material Transfer Agreement of Human Biological Materials has been drawn up.

The health department published the Agreement in Government Gazette 41781 in terms of the National Health Act.

Competition Commission Releases Provisional Report on Health Sector

Competition Commission

The private healthcare market suffers from multiple market failures.

The Competition Commission emphasized this in its provisional report on the Health Market Inquiry released last week.

NCOP Seeks Comment on Health Laboratory Service Bill

Department of Health

The select committee on social services has called for comment on the National Health Laboratory Service Amendment Bill.

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

Dental Technicians Council Seeks Members

Department of Health

The South African Dental Technicians Council has invited the public and institutions to submit nominations of suitable candidates to be considered for appointment to the Council.

The invitation was published in Notice 610 in Government Gazette 41712.

Comment Sought on Draft NHI Bill

Department of Health

The Draft National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill has been published for comment.

The health department published the draft bill in Government Gazette 41725.

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