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Covid-19 reveals NHI plan’s vulnerabilities and strengths

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Experts are divided about the plan, but some argue that fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic could deliver the death blow to any notion of universal healthcare.


10 Jun 2020
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Covid-19 reveals NHI plan’s vulnerabilities and strengths

Picture for illustration. Health workers can be seen at a Covid-19 testing centre at the Forest Hill Mall in Centurion, 9 June 2020, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The final outcome of the Covid-19 crisis will decide if the planned National Health Insurance (NHI) project lives or dies – but experts are divided on which way it turns out. The Covid-19 crisis has seen the public and private sectors hit by massive changes in demand for certain services, unmasking vulnerabilities which, according to Professor Alex van den Heever, could see the nationalisation of the health system die as a mere dream. Van den Heever, chair of social security systems administration and management studies at Wits University, said the lockdown conditions and fear about catching the virus while at...

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