WATCH | Bhekisisa: Why corruption isn’t a victimless crime

03 April 2024 - 11:22

Fraud in the healthcare sector is rife and leads to bad services and even patient deaths.

In this Health Beat episode, community leader Xolani Mnisi shares the horrors sometimes faced at Tembisa Hospital on the East Rand.

We also look at government’s planned National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme. The NHI Bill promises to make good healthcare available to everyone. But will the scheme escape the clutches of corruption?

In 2021 Gauteng health department accountant Babita Deokaran was shot dead after uncovering a web of fraud at Tembisa Hospital. We spoke to the journalist who continued her fight against health corruption.

We also delve into the ways patients and health workers falsely claim money from medical aids in the private healthcare sector and how schemes try to curb it.

Authors: Mia Malan, Jessica Pitchford, Mohale Moloi, Yolanda Mdzeke, Thatego Mashabela, Ruan Visser and Justin Barlow

This story was produced by the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism. Sign up for the newsletter.