SA is pressing ahead with implementing the National Health Insurance system, effectively ignoring a report by the Davis Tax Committee that warns that the NHI is ‘unlikely to be sustainable unless there is sustained economic growth’, writes the Institute of Race Relations.

“The government is busily pressing ahead with implementing its proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) system,” says the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) in the latest issue of its @Liberty policy bulletin. “However, it still does not know what the NHI will cost, how it will be financed, how the supply of health services can be ramped up to match increased demand, how the enormous administrative burden will be met, or how the corruption the new system will foster can be curbed.”

The government has also effectively ignored a report by the Davis Tax Committee – written in March 2017 and made public last week – which warns that the NHI is “unlikely to be sustainable unless there is sustained economic growth”…..more