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03 May 2010

National health is an unaffordable luxury

Dimakatso Mokwena

Government seems to have lost some of its early enthusiasm for the long-awaited National Health Insurance (NHI) plan. Industry stakeholders remain in the dark over the final structure of the system and have been forced to rely on the leaked (and aging) 200-page National Health Insurance Plan for South Africa. The document was compiled by an ANC task team headed by Dr Olive Shisana, chief executive of the Human Sciences Research Council. The government hopes to provide equal access to quality healthcare for all South Africans; but the solution proposed thus far is sketchy around issues of implementation and affordability.

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Dimakatso Mokwena

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