The government’s proposed deadline for establishing the National Health Insurance (NHI) fund is too short, the advisory body the state is required to consult with on revenue, warned parliament on Wednesday.

The NHI fund is a central pillar of the government’s plans for achieving universal health coverage, which promises to provide patients with care that is free at the point of service. The mechanism and timeline for implementing the fund is set out in the NHI Bill, which is currently being considered by parliament. It proposes that the fund be fully operational by 2026...

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