Will SA’s medical aid reserves be expropriated to fund the country’s bankrupt plan for a National Health Insurance (NHI)? Until a week ago, you’d imagine this to be a nuts conspiracy theory, cooked up by a sect in the basement of the Institute of Race Relations.

Then Prof Simon Nemutandani, president of the state-run Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA), stood up in parliament last week to discuss the proposed NHI Bill, and threw a grenade into the notion of private property rights...

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