The Committee briefly discussed its programme for 2012 as well as the plans for the international Study Tour in January 2012. The Committee noted that the National Health Amendment Bill (which establishes the Office of Health Standards Compliance) would take up much of the agenda in the first quarter of the year. The aim of the study tour was to visit a country which had a functioning National Health Insurance.
Members felt that the Committee researcher and secretary should furnish them with the relevant documentation on the countries they could visit, how those countries had fared with NHI and what the NHI structure was in those countries. They also requested that the Chair of Chairs should brief the Committee on the budget for the international tour and exactly which Members would be financed for the tour. They strongly felt that all Members who had regularly participated in the Committee meetings should be given the opportunity to attend the tour.
The Chairperson said that the relevant documentation would be emailed to Members during the holidays and thereafter a telephone conference could be held during which Members could debate the issues.
The Committee also approved the report on its oversight visit to
Adoption of Outstanding Minutes
The Portfolio Committee on Health met to consider the adoption of draft minutes of proceedings for meetings of the 20 April 2011, 25 May 2011, 24 August 2011, 31 August 2011, 12 October 2011, 13 October 2011 and 2 November 2011.
Ms B Ngcobo (ANC) moved to adopt the minutes with minor amendments. Ms L Makhubele-Mashele (ANC) seconded the move.
Report on Oversight visit to
The Chairperson tabled the report for consideration.
Members were concerned about border control issues observed during their oversight visit to
Ms Makhubele-Mashele moved to adopt the Committee report on their, with amendments and was seconded by Ms M Dube (ANC).
Consideration of the Committee Programme for 2012
The Chairperson said that the National Health Amendment Bill (which establishes the Office of Health Standards Compliance) would take up much of the agenda in the first quarter of the year. Members pointed out that a strategy planning workshop should be scheduled before the strategy meeting and that the meeting should be earlier in the year to enhance Committee focus for the year ahead.
The Chairperson explained that the strategy meeting was scheduled after the President’s State of the Nation Speech and consideration of the Amendment Bill so that government priorities could be combined into the agenda. A draft Committee programme for 2012 would be emailed to Members during the holidays for consideration and comment.
Members were awaiting a report from the Medicines Control Council (MCC) on the outcome of the organisation’s restructuring, which had not yet been given Cabinet approval at the time of the meeting on 16 November 2011, as well as the document on MCC Restructuring following the 2008 Amendment Act.
A Member suggested that follow-up briefings to the Committee by the NHLS, MCC and MRC could be included in the 16 March 2012 planned meeting.
Proposed International Study Tour for January 2012
The Chairperson said that the 2012 study tour to a country which had a functioning National Health Insurance (NHI) had been allocated the January 2012 slot.
Members felt that they may not benefit from a tour to
Some Members felt that although
The Chairperson said that the relevant documentation would be emailed to Members during the holidays and thereafter the secretary would apply for a telephone conference during which Members could debate the study tour issues. Issues around the Committee Programme for 2012 could also be discussed.
The meeting was adjourned.
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