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.
South Africa’s proposed state-run medical aid, the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, will advertise 44 new roles for experts including economists and public health experts. Successful candidates will begin to design the package of services that the scheme will provide in January 2023.
This is going ahead even though the NHI Bill has not been signed into law. Is this allowed? Those experts who have skills that the health department needs, regardless of whether the NHI is implemented, will get permanent jobs. The other positions will be five-year contract posts.
The man in charge of getting the NHI off the ground, Nicholas Crisp, explains this decision to Mia Malan.