The ANC Parliamentary Caucus welcomes the passing of the National Health Insurance Bill in the National Council Of Provinces

6 December 2023

The ANC Parliamentary Caucus welcomes the passing of the National Health Insurance Bill in the National Council of Provinces. The Bill aims to establish universal healthcare for all South Africans by abolishing the "two-tier" system, in which the bulk of healthcare spending is made in the private sector to benefit the few. At the same time, the mass of the population is relegated to the less well-funded public sector. The Bill will establish a single NHI Fund managed by the State to buy healthcare services from the public and private sector health providers. Services will be free to the public at the point of delivery.

The NHI Bill has traversed the length and breadth of our country, and rural and urban districts have had an opportunity to engage with this critical piece of legislation. Community members, workers, and civil society organisations have all added their voices to support this essential Bill's passing. Throughout the NCOP process, the majority of the people of South Africa have endorsed the NHI Bill, with more than 25 416 submissions supporting the process unconditionally and about 177 opposing the Bill or approving it with conditions.

The ANC has been at the forefront of ensuring that the NHI Bill has reached this final deliberation stage. Today marks another critical step towards the State fulfilling a Constitutional obligation to provide adequate healthcare to all South Africans and dismantle the existing illogical and highly unequal two-tiered healthcare system.

We await the President's assent to the Bill.

We are aware of the determination of the opponents of the NHI to challenge the Bill in the courts. We are equally determined to defend the gains of our democracy and the transformation project, including universal health coverage in the courts and streets.

For enquiries, please contact:

Hon. Ethel Nkosi, MP
Whip of the Select Committee on Health and Social Services
076 439 7144