Parliament - The controversial National Health Insurance Bill was constitutionally certified before it was submitted to Parliament, chief State law adviser Ayesha Johaar told MPs on Thursday.
Johaar told the portfolio committee on health the bill was certified on July 29.
She said State law advisers viewed it not only as being in line with the Constitution but written to give effect to the right to access health care services enshrined in Section 27 of the Constitution.
"Everyone has the right to access health care services .... this bill must then be regarded as a measure designed to give effect to a right enshrined in the constitution."
The Democratic Alliance earlier this month called on Parliament to say whether the bill had been certified as unconstitutional.