The private sector has a vital role to play in implementing National Health Insurance (NHI), an adviser to the Department of Health told delegates at the annual Hospital Association of SA (Hasa) conference in Cape Town on Tuesday. "We must have a clear and firm commitment to partnerships with all stakeholders, including the private sector," said Vishal Brijlal, a technical adviser on secondment from the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Interested parties would not "wake up on April 1 2026 and by some miracle expect everything will be in place. This is something we must recognise across society — politically, as well as by stakeholders," Brijlal said, referring to the sensitive issue of how the transition to universal healthcare will be made. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and his department have drawn fire from Cosatu for signalling a continued role for private healthcare players under NHI that the trade union federation wants to exclude. Cosatu has also taken issue with the Depa...

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