NHI bill to increase taxes

Date: Aug 8, 2019

Your taxes will increase to fund NHI, leaked copy of bill shows

The government's much-vaunted National Health Insurance (NHI) will be paid for, largely, by increased taxes.

This includes taxes paid by employers and workers, as well as an increase in personal income tax.

This is according to a leaked version of the National Health Insurance Bill, set to be officially released on Thursday morning.

The NHI Bill is set to be debated in parliament after being approved by cabinet.

The bill explains that a single fund will buy healthcare, medicines, supplies and pay doctors and hospitals for all South Africans. It will be called the National Health Insurance Fund.

Users will have to register to receive the service, which will be free of charge.

Providers - doctors, nurses, specialists, pharmacies, hospitals, private and clinics - will have to register to provide their services. They must be accredited to provide care and pass standards set by the Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC).

The bill says an NHI Fund that buys all the health services in the country will be paid for by an increase in taxes and money from existing taxes. It suggests a payroll tax, paid by employer and employee. It also says there will be an increase in personal income tax.

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