Parliament has wrapped up public hearings on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill for the year over the weekend in the Eastern Cape.
Portfolio Committee on Health has concluded the hearings in the five provinces.
Eastern Cape became the last province that took part in the hearings, with Limpopo, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape have had their say on the controversial bill.
Committee’s chairperson Sibongiseni Dhlomo, who has been leading the charge in the hearings, has admitted that the feedback has been positive from the public.
” We have noted that the majority of the participants are in support of the Bill,” Dhlomo said.
” However, they have raised challenges that confront the current system and which they said need to be addressed to make NHI success.”
The NHI hearings seek to get the opinions of the public before the Bill can be tabled and adopted in Parliament.
The public hearings will continue next year once Parliament resumed in February.
Gauteng, North-West, Free State and the Western Cape provinces will get their chance to state their opinions on the Bill.