People exercising in Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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South Africa faces high levels of noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. The NHI is likely to battle to cope with treating large numbers of sick people.
A healthcare worker collecting a swab for a COVID-19 test from a community member.
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There is hard and persistent work that needs to be planned for, like a kind of ongoing rehabilitation process, to realise the dream of one health system for all South Africans.
A nurse in a hospital checks an IV.
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Netcare is one of three hospital groups found to dominated the facilities market.
The entire premise of effective competition is that purchasing of health services should be based on value - a combination of price and quality.
Less than 1 in 10 people living with a mental health condition in South Africa receive the care that they need.
A community care worker providing treatment to a TB patient at her home.
Top-down reforms like those proposed in the NHI Bill need to be complemented by a bottom-up process of health system strengthening.
South Africa has a skewed healthcare system with an under-funded public sector and an expensive private sector.
South Africa's planned NHI has no equivalent in any setting in the world. It's deeply flawed on a number of fronts.
International migrants often struggle to access healthcare.
Excluding international migrants from the public health care system can result in a population wide risk.
South African Finance MInister Tito Mboweni delivering the 2019 budget speech in parliament.
South Africa's finance minister delivered a budget that tried to balance serving the public interest, while maintaining the stability of public finances.
Over 80% of South Africans rely on state facilities like Chris Hani Baragwanath, the third largest hospital in the world.
South Africa's Competition Commission has delayed the release of the final report of an inquiry into the private healthcare again.
The proposed National Health Insurance aims to provide health care for all South Africans.
South Africa's health care needs to be reformed so that everyone has access regardless of affordability or location.
A patient collects her medication at a clinic in Khayelitsha, South Africa.
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The bill to provide universal health care in South Africa is not the silver bullet for the challenges in the health sector.
A nurse weighs a baby at a clinic in Johannesburg. South Africa has released its policy document to implement its universal health coverage plan.
South Africa's plan for universal health coverage has taken another crucial step with the introduction of a new policy document aimed at delivering more equitable healthcare.
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Healthcare that everyone can access is an important step in bridging the inequality in a country. In reality though, its hard to implement properly.