Have your say: 3 key elements of NHI Bill that need to change

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SPONSORED | There are three major aspects of the NHI Bill that we think need to change. Let SECTION27news know if you agree or disagree by visiting the website and your say will be incorporated into its submission on the bill in parliament.

The minister of health appoints the NHI Fund board members , the board chairperson, and the CEO of the NHI Fund. He appoints the members of the Benefits Advisory Committee and Health Care Benefits Pricing Committee and there is a representative of the minister on each of them.

The NHI Act should unambiguously state that certain types of information should be made available to the public as a matter of routine. This includes details of all transactions of the NHI Fund, details of decisions relating to the benefit package under NHI, details of decisions about what to procure and from whom, and details of decisions to contract certain facilities.

The Office of Health Products Procurement will negotiate on behalf of all health facilities to get the best price for medicines and medical devices. These new structures may work, or they might not. The NHI pilot process mostly unsuccessfully introduced health-system strengthening initiatives without consideration of alternative interventions or how to measure success.

Source: Healthcare Press (healthcarepress.net)

 

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