Treasury butts heads with Ramaphosa’s adviser over unilateral NHI changes
Olive Shisana apparently removed key aspects of the NHI Bill that Treasury specifically fought to include
Treasury is at loggerheads with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s special adviser Olive Shisana, after she apparently overturned key aspects of the draft National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill that it had specifically fought to have included. The revised version of the bill, which she was seeking to introduce to cabinet, had reintroduced several problems that the ministers of finance and health had resolved, the Treasury said in a strongly worded letter sent to Shisana last week. The bill is the first piece of enabling legislation for the NHI, which seeks to provide universal health coverage that is free at the point of care. It paves the way for the establishment of a central fund that will purchase health-care services from accredited providers on behalf of the population and was released for public comment on June 21, in tandem with the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill. Numerous problems The letter, a copy of which has been seen by Business Day, says the latest version of the NHI Bill crea...