National Health Insurance (NHI) was not feasible without sustained economic growth. It required so much money that the government would have to make trade-offs with other spending plans such as expanding access to tertiary education, the Davis tax committee warned on Monday. NHI is the government’s ambitious policy for implementing universal healthcare, which it promises will provide everyone with services that are free at the point of service. The committee, which is headed by Judge Dennis Davis, released six reports on various aspects of tax administration, including one on NHI. The report is based on an analysis of the government’s first NHI white paper, which was published for comment in December 2015 and signed off several months before Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi released a revised white paper in June. However, the two white papers contain virtually identical proposals for financing. The committee expressed concern about the lack of clarity on how NHI would be implemented...

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