About The Webinar

In a nutshell, under the National Health Insurance (NHI), a centralised fund will procure a package of health services from both the public and private sectors in an effort to provide all South Africans — regardless of their ability to pay for services — with free access to healthcare.

Covid-19 has challenged and crippled the country’s healthcare systems, putting NHI in the spotlight. The pandemic highlighted the importance of NHI for all and that we cannot afford to ignore the scheme.  

However, has the pandemic actually brought the public and private health sectors together and helped lay a better foundation for NHI implementation? What about the precarious state of our public healthcare facilities and systems being exposed on a shocking scale? What about corruption in the healthcare sector, amplified during the crisis, which is a huge underlying threat to any attempt to ensure the success of NHI? The crisis has now forced stakeholders to rethink their healthcare insurance strategies and implementation.

Join this live webcast as we discuss the progress of NHI, reflect on lessons learnt from the crisis, debate the long-term implications, leadership in state-owned healthcare, new role of medical schemes, medical aid premiums, importance of preventive treatment during primary care, digitising towards universal healthcare and the next steps post Covid-19.

  • Dr Stan Moloabi
    Principal Officer at Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS).

    Moloabi is a qualified Medical Practitioner registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). He obtained his primary medical degree, an MBChB, at the then Medical University of Southern Africa, now known as Sefako Makgato University; and he has several other diplomas and qualifications.
  • Dr Sandile Buthelezi
    Director-General at the Department of Health.

    He is a seasoned public health medical practitioner with more than 15 years’ experience in health governance, policy, and programme management. After serving as a clinician and later Medical Superintendent in various hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State province, he served for 10 years as KwaZulu-Natal’s provincial head of Strategic Health Programmes which encompassed HIV, TB, maternal child and women’s health, nutrition, and communicable diseases programmes .
  • Dr Olive Shisana
    Special Advisor on Social Policy to President Cyril Ramaphosa.

    She has served as Director-General in the Department of Health, Principal Investigator in several national population-based HIV surveys, President of the International Social Science Council, and Chief Executive Officer of the Human Sciences Research Council. She is a recipient of the South African Academy of Sciences “Science-for-Society” Gold Medal in 2013. She has also worked at the World Health Organization (Executive Director for Family and Community Health) and chaired the inaugural Council of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Think Tanks after South Africa joined BRICS. She has worked on the National Health Insurance from 1994. She is an honorary professor at the University of Cape Town (Psychiatry and Mental Health Department).
  • Dr Nicholas Crisp
    Public Health Specialist and now working with the Minister of Health on implementation of the NHI Fund.

    He was Superintendent General (HOD) of the Department of Health and Welfare, Northern Province (Limpopo) where he served from 1994 to 1999. In 2009, he served as Special Adviser to Minister Barbara Hogan. He was intimately involved in the establishment of the National Health Laboratory Service, the transfer of the medicolegal mortuaries from police to health and the creation of the Forensic Pathology Services, and in the establishment of the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority.
  • Michael Avery

    Michael is a financial journalist and is the presenter for Business Day TV, covering diverse industry topics. Michael edits the country’s premier private equity publication, Catalyst, and he holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Johannesburg.
  • About Government Employees Medical Scheme

    GEMS’ mandate and vision is to ensure that there is adequate provisioning of healthcare coverage to public service employees that is efficient, cost effective and equitable; and to provide further options for those who wish to purchase more extensive cover. To create an excellent, sustainable and effective medical scheme that drives transformation in the healthcare industry, aligned with the principles of universal health coverage. www.gems.gov.za/corporate
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  • Dr Stan Moloabi

    Principal Officer at Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS)

  • Dr Sandile Buthelezi

    Director-General at the Department of Health

  • Dr Olive Shisana

    Special Advisor on Social Policy to President Cyril Ramaphosa.

  • Dr Nicholas Crisp

    Public Health Specialist and now working with the Minister of Health on implementation of the NHI Fund

  • Michael Avery

    Financial journalist and presenter for Business Day TV

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