NHI Bill is constitutionally sound, says state attorney
Parliament given assurances the bill is rational, in line with SA’s international commitments and does not affect provincial powers
The state attorney’s office has assured parliament that the government’s first piece of draft legislation for implementing universal health coverage is constitutionally sound.
The National Health Insurance Bill has elicited fierce debate since it was tabled in parliament on August 8, as it proposes sweeping reforms to the health system including a diminished role for provincial health departments. The constitution gives national and provincial government concurrent, or shared powers for health.