SA needs a national health system — but not the envisaged NHI

Let us remember that the road to hell is paved with good intentions

19 May 2024 - 00:00 By Kgosi Letlape

I am a proponent of an integrated health system for all South Africans, which I call a national health system, and I have advocated for this since the late 2000s. I left the chair of the South African Medical Association in January 2009 because of disagreements on this very subject. South Africa’s main challenge is extreme inefficiencies in its health system, in both the public and the private sector. When one considers the total health expenditure of South Africa, its citizens deserve better outcomes...

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