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healthcareFinancial Mail reports that forty-four technical positions for the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme have been approved by the minister of public service & administration, and the National Treasury has given permission for R30m of this financial year’s NHI budget to be used for salaries for the new posts.

This has been indicated by Nicholas Crisp, the deputy director-general in the health department responsible for the implementation of the NHI. All the positions, which will be filled by people with technical skills – such as economists, public health medicines specialists, actuaries and lawyers – will be based at the health department’s head office in Tshwane. More positions would become available in the 2023/2024 financial year that would take the NHI’s technical and administrative staff up to a total of 132, Crisp indicated. The NHI, for which membership will be compulsory, aims to provide all South Africans, permanent residents, refugees, inmates and certain categories of foreigners with the same health insurance, regardless of their income. The scheme will do this by creating a single fund that the government will use to buy health-care services at set fees from accredited public and private health providers. The 44 NHI positions will be spread among five directorates – user and service provider management; health-care benefits and provider payment design; health product procurement; health systems digital information; and fraud management – each led by a chief director. Crisp advised that the health department would advertise the positions in the coming weeks – possibly in mid-August – but it could take months to sift through candidates. “But we will hopefully have at least some of the posts filled by the start of the 2023 calendar year and the rest by February and March,” Crisp said.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Mia Malan at Financial Mail

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