NHI will be healthy for SA’s economy
Many nations have launched universal healthcare during tough times — and this country should be no different
When Nelson Mandela walked free from prison and defeated the evils of apartheid, he knew he had to restore SA to health. The years of oppression, division and ostracism had wounded the nation’s moral, political, economic and physical state of well being.
Twenty-five years ago SA’s health system was structured according to the same discriminatory principles as all other aspects of public life, with the privileged white minority enjoying the bulk of resources and the black majority left fending for scraps from the table. SA today is a transformed and vibrant country, but the wounds of apartheid take a long time to heal. Inequality and inefficiency still scar the health service and blight the life chances of the poor and most vulnerable...