The official government announcement, made on the website of the health department, describes National Health Insurance (NHI) as “a financing system that will make sure that all citizens of SA (and legal long-term residents) are provided with essential healthcare, regardless of their employment status and ability to make a direct monetary contribution to the NHI Fund”.

On the face of it, that sounds good, right? So why has there been such a tumultuous and resounding backlash from just about all quarters?

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