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The National Health Insurance (NHI), for which membership will be compulsory, is a funding scheme that aims to address healthcare inequity in South Africa. The scheme will do this by creating a fund that the government will use to buy healthcare services at set fees from accredited public and private health providers. The NHI has not yet been legislated — the health department is hoping to have the NHI Bill approved by parliament by the end of 2022.

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Read the Medical Scheme Amendments Bill


Find out what the big changes government may have in store for medical aids.

On 21 June, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi released the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill for public comment. The draft legislation proposes, among other changes, to allow the minister to restrict medical aid benefits to prevent duplication with those offered by the National Health Insurance Fund. The Bill also proposes caps for medical aid contributions. 

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