Mail & Guardian National Health Insurance 2019
There has never been a better time than now to come together for M&G National Health Insurance (NHI), now that NHI had been introduced in Parliament and due to be implemented in phases before full operation by 2026.
What is NHI?
NHI is government’s policy for introducing universal healthcare and will be run as a non-profit public entity. It will be like a giant state-run medical aid and will pay for all state and private health care in the country, including private specialists and hospitals. It is a health financing system that pools funds to provide access to quality health services for all South African citizens and long-term residents, based on their health needs and irrespective of their socio-economic status.
There are now tremendous uncertainties, confusion and contentious debate on how the massive reconfiguration of the country’s healthcare system will be achieved.
- What will happen to current medical aid schemes?
- What are the implications on the various stakeholders?
- What will this mean for health cover for South African employers and employees?
- What are the practical details and necessary structures to implement an overhaul of the current healthcare system?
- How to tackle the challenges, manage the risks and overcome barriers that lie ahead to ensure a successful NHI in the future?
Mail & Guardian (M&G) will host a one-day conference, bringing government, private and public healthcare sector, professionals, consultants, academia and civil society to come together to engage, identify ways and find solutions to ensure the success of what is South Africa’s biggest healthcare reform system.
- Progress, latest developments and what to expect
- Funding the NHI, governance mechanisms and accountability
- Dignified healthcare system for all
- Fixing the current state of public health system – challenges, remedies and public private partnership
- Improving facilities and rolling out readiness programmes
- Measures to strengthen the governance and improving the administration of public healthcare
Universities Consortium – collaborating to provide technical support through healthcare service modelling and contracting of healthcare professionals
Challenges and future of medical schemes, co-payments and broker
- New role of medical schemes in the NHI system
- Consolidation of medical schemes
- Creation of uniform information system and standardisation of healthcare services across medical schemes
- Abolishment of co-payments – is it realistic?
- Brokers - implications and future
- Impact on employers and employees
Are the rich subsidising the poor, the healthy subsidising the sick and the young subsidising the old?
- Can NHI really resolve the ailing healthcare system and provide universal healthcare in the country?
- Will increased demand for services result in increased supply of service?
- Health financing issues
- Legal and human rights issue
- Lessons learned from UK’s NHS
- NHI and impact on health professions, quality and standards of services
- Industry consolidation and changing traditional practices
- Pharmacy in NHI – on the receiving or losing end?
- Reshaping the future of pharmacy
- Regulation of doctor’s fee
- Pricing on medication, devices and services
- Dr Anban Pillay, Deputy Director General, SA National Health Insurance, SA National Department of Health
- Dr Bandile Masuku, MEC for Health, Gauteng
- Dr Stan Moloabi, Chief Operations Officer, Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS)
- Henru Krüger, Chief Operations Officer, Alliance of South African Independent Practitioners Association (ASAIPA)
- Dr Katlego Mothudi, Managing Director, Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa (BHF)
- Dr Sipho Kabane, Chief Executive and Registrar, Council for Medical Schemes(CMS)
- Jeremy Yatt, Chief Executive Officer and Principal Officer, Fedhealth
- Mpiyakhe Dhlamini, Researcher and Data Scientist, Free Market Foundation
- Frans Landman, Vice-Chair, Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PSSA)
- Quinton Zunga, Chief Executive Officer, RH Bophelo
- Russell Rensburg, Director, Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP)
- Dr Vusumuzi Nhlapho, HOD: Private Practice, South African Medical Association (SAMA)
- Sasha Stevenson, Head of Health, Section27
- Prof Sam Mokgokong, Steve Biko Hospital
- Prof Jannie Hugo, Head of the Department of Family Medicine, University of Pretoria
- Medical aid schemes
- Medical profession - doctors and specialists
- Healthcare providers - private and public hospitals
- Pharmaceutical companies, pharmacists
- Insurance providers
- Brokers, benefit and financial wellness managers
- Investment companies interested in healthcare
- Healthcare consultancies
- Civil societies, NGOs, consumer groups
- Institutes, Associations, Councils
- Academia, Researchers
- Political parties
- Businesses from across sectors - employers
- Individuals - consumers