The Dullah Omar Institute made a submission to the Portfolio Committee on Health on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill last Friday.
Even though the institute supports the idea of universal health care coverage, its submission highlights concerns about transparency and accountability to members of the public in the governance structures of the NHI Fund.
Africa Melane on the Eusebius McKaiser chats to the institute's research and advocacy officer Motlatsi Komote.
The Dullah Omar Institute is in support of universal health-care coverage and that is something the bill aims to speak to. But the bill goes further in speaking about the NHI Fund which speaks about the different stakeholders that are involved in this whole fund.— Motlatsi Komote, Research and advocacy officer - The Dullah Omar Institute
The general outcry for most civil society organisations is that the minister has the power to appoint and dismiss essentially everyone including the ad-hoc advisory panel who would be in charge of shortlisting board members of boards she explains.
The minister would also be in charge of dissolving the board. One of the issues we have is that the minister would also be in charge of the appointing of the advisory panel. There seems to be a centralisation of power and we are calling for a decentralisation of power. The public needs to be involved in some of these processes and should know who is appointed and why they are appointed.— Motlatsi Komote, Research and advocacy officer - The Dullah Omar Institute
Listen below to full conversation: