‘SAMA’s warnings on NHI Bill met with hostility’
Several members of the Portfolio Committee on Health responded negatively to the SA Medical Association’s (SAMA) presentation, on the NHI Bill.
Although SAMA supported Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in principle and the coverage of the whole population for “a well-developed healthcare benefit, which was not based on the ability to pay for care”, it could not support the NHI Bill in its entirety, reported MedicalBrief (9June 2021).
“There is a deeply
-rooted lack of confidence among our members in the capacity of government structures to provide financial support structures for quality service,” said SAMA's Dr Angela Coetzee.
SAMA also criticised the Bill for lacking essential detail and warned about the “uncertainty and anxiety” it was causing in the medical profession.