The Department of Health has initiated dialogue with healthcare funders, which have complained about being sidelined, on their envisaged role under the proposed National Healthcare Insurance (NHI). Uncertainty has surrounded the government’s green and white papers on the implementation and rollout of universal healthcare coverage since their release in 2011 and 2015. Department director-general Precious Matsoso met the Board of Healthcare Funders and the Healthcare Funders Association on Tuesday. During the meeting, Matsoso made a plea to the bodies representing medical schemes, among others, to come up with innovative and inclusive ideas on what they envisioned their role would be under the NHI. Association chairman Graham Anderson said this was an encouraging development because medical schemes had previously felt alienated. Matsoso proposed during the meeting that medical schemes develop comprehensive benefit cover suitable for all lifestyle measure groups. "We have the infrastru...

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