A child at any one of Johannesburg's biggest public hospitals can wait for as long as 10 months to undergo a simple scan, a procedure that can take as little as 10 minutes. It's just one example of what a healthcare professional calls the "invisible line" outside the country's stressed hospitals. To book an appointment for an MRI-scan of my crock knee, which probably spells an end to my football career, all it took was a phone call and a couple of days later I was on my back in one of the city's many private hospitals. The only difference between people is access to medical aid. I am just one of the 20% of South Africans with some sort of medical aid. The rest of the country relies on a strained public sector for its health needs. And for a country with the highest levels of obesity on the continent, rivalling countries such as the US, there's quite clearly a need for reform. Never mind our ever-expanding waists, there's still the crisis of HIV, high rates of violence and car accide...

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