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DA and SA Health Professionals Collaboration prepares legal challenges against the NHI Bill

The DA has announced its intention to challenge the National Health Insurance Bill in the Constitutional Court. This comes after president Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement he would sign the bill into law today. The party claims the bill's implementation would severely harm the healthcare system and economy. DA leader John Steenhuisen pledges to repeal the legislature if elected in this month's general election, and argues the ANC's plan is designed to loot taxpayer money.

The South African Health Professionals Collaboration is also preparing a legal challenge against the National Health Insurance Bill. Representing over 25,000 healthcare workers, the organisation has expressed disappointment, citing ignored submissions and concerns about the bill's constitutionality and impact on patient care. Spokesperson Simon Strachan advocates for a sustainable and patient-centric healthcare system:

Business Unity South Africa warns the National Health Insurance Bill, set to be signed into law by president Cyril Ramaphosa, will damage the healthcare sector and economy. The organisation says the bill is unworkable, unaffordable, and will also damage investor confidence. They support universal health coverage but believe this bill will hinder access to quality healthcare. BUSA CEO designate Khulekani Mathe, says they are considering legal options to ensure the legislation is beneficial for all citizens.

The ACDP says the National Health Insurance Bill, in its current form, will lead to a collapse of the country’s health sector, and negatively impact economic growth. President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to sign the bill into law at the Union Buildings in Pretoria today. ACDP’s, Marie Sukers, says none of the concerns of the health sector has been given due consideration, with public participation merely becoming a tick-box exercise for the ANC government.

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