It was completely predictable that the minute the National Health Insurance Bill saw the light of day, news headlines would again scream “it’s unaffordable”, ‘we don’t have the capacity”, and all the other myths and red herrings about National Health Insurance (NHI) would once again be trotted out.

For South Africans to be able to judge for themselves whether the proposed changes to the health system are desirable or not, it is not helpful to focus on these red herrings but rather to understand the what, why and how of the proposals.

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