The National Council of Provinces voted in favour of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill which was already adopted by the National Assembly.
The NHi is a health financing system that is designed to pool funds to provide access to quality affordable personal health services for all South Africans based on their health needs, irrespective of their socio-economic status. NHI is intended to ensure that the use of health services does not result in financial hardship for individuals and their families.
NHI is being implemented in phases over a 14-year period that started in 2012. It will be established through the creation of a single fund that will buy services on behalf of the entire population, The funding for NHI will be trhough a combination of various mandatory pre-payment sources, primarily based on general taxes.