Led by its NHI committee, SAMED recommended changes regarding the procurement, reimbursement, use of medical technologies and access to innovation. The inputs also addressed other critical elements, such as governance, accreditation, financing, the determination of the benefits packages and freedom of choice for both healthcare practitioners and patients.
To ensure that SAMED’s positions are legally and technically sound, we sought legal and expert counsel, and participated in processes led by Business Unity SA (BUSA) and the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) to ensure multifaceted comment inclusions.
The final submission, which contained a cover letter with summary of key points as well as detailed, line-for-line commentary on the wording within the NHI Bill, was submitted to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health. The journey, however, does not end here and we will continue to collaborate with all relevant role-players.