46d6a427-cropped-f0d1abdb-rtxohhm-1068x600How could everyday South Africans hold a scheme as big as the National Health Insurance (NHI) accountable for the quality of its care?

The scheme, for which membership will be compulsory, is a state health financing system that will buy healthcare services from public and private providers for the entire nation, regardless of their income. According to the current version of the NHI Bill, for which public submissions closed last week, the NHI will be fully operational by 2026.

The Bill was published in August. Once it’s here, the NHI will have to account for the quality and compassion of its care, explains Leslie London, the head of the University of Cape Town’s Public Health Medicine division at its School of Public Health and Family Medicine…..more