South African Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba presented the 2017 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) in Parliament on Wednesday. PHOTO: ANA PHOTO

PARLIAMENT - Treasury was working closely with the department of health to expand the rollout of the national health insurance (NHI) service "in a progressive and affordable manner", South Africa's medium-term budget policy statement, the policy document spelling out government's spending priorities over the next three years, said.

The MTBPS was tabled by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba in Parliament on Wednesday.

"Legislation is being drafted to establish the legal framework for an NHI fund," the document said.

"Government is considering options to establish an interim fund structure to support a limited set of priority interventions, and operate in line with current legislation."

In February, Gigaba's predecessor Pravin Gordhan announced that government was considering reductions in medial tax credits to help fund NHI.

"The National Treasury is considering changes to the design, targeting and value of the medical tax credit as part of the policy development process for the 2018 budget."

- African News Agency