The Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC), the watchdog agency charged with inspecting hospitals and clinics, needs a bigger budget if it is to take on new responsibilities under the  National Health Insurance (NHI), parliament heard on Wednesday.

NHI is the government’s policy for implementing universal health coverage, which aims to ensure everyone has access to quality services that are free at the point of care. The first piece of enabling legislation for NHI was tabled in parliament on August 8 and proposed that a central fund buys services from public and private providers that are accredited by the OHSC...

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