Caroline Corbett is that rare breed of doctor. As a specialist anaesthetist, she also gets business. In 2019, she won the Tech Entrepreneur of the Year award for SmartBlade, a start-up she cofounded that has developed a new smartphone-enabled  way to manage patients’ airways.

Yet when she describes a dystopian South Africa of the future, in which all doctors in the country are contracted to a state-run National Health Insurance (NHI) fund that will be the only route for people to access medical treatment, she sketches a landscape of a slowly choking economy...

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