Marc Hasenfuss Editor-at-large

I wonder how many shareholders in Mediclinic International were celebrating the approval of the company’s acquisition of a controlling stake in Matlosana Medical Health Services. The deal was long delayed by competition issues. And with the National Health Insurance plan casting a pall of uncertainty over the local health-care sector, there might conceivably be punters who wish the deal was blocked.

As the agreement was first announced way back in 2015 it might be a stretch to interpret developments as a strident pronouncement on the future viability of private health care.

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