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Spotlight on NHI: Focus should be on building the public healthcare system

Spotlight on NHI: Focus should be on building the public healthcare system

As a strategic purchaser the NHI should be expressly pro-public sector and strategically focus on building capacity in under resourced areas such as ...
Spotlight on NHI: Why NHI should focus on cutting costs in the private sector first

Spotlight on NHI: Why NHI should focus on cutting costs in the private sector first

The focus of NHI needs to shift from talking about fixing the public service first, to saving money first and especially in the private sector, ...
Health department considering private sector reforms

Health department considering private sector reforms

Amy Green asked the Department of Health and others what happens next following the release of a landmark report into private healthcare in South ...
Spotlight on NHI: Why an Office of Health Products Procurement?

Spotlight on NHI: Why an Office of Health Products Procurement?

The Office of Health Products Procurement is a new entity introduced in the 2019 version of the NHI Bill. Nkululeko Conco asks what it will mean for ...
Spotlight on NHI: Why private sector reforms are essential to making NHI work

Spotlight on NHI: Why private sector reforms are essential to making NHI work

Government’s National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill is not the only roadmap to quality healthcare for all in South Africa. The Health Market Inquiry ...
Landmark report slams poor regulation of private healthcare sector

Landmark report slams poor regulation of private healthcare sector

Government has failed in its duty to regulate the private health sector which is “neither efficient or competitive”, according to the Competition ...
Don’t get stuck in HIV triumphalism, warns Linda-Gail Bekker

Don’t get stuck in HIV triumphalism, warns Linda-Gail Bekker

Now is not the time to get stuck in complacency and triumphalism over the gains made in the global HIV/Aids response, says former president of the ...
Spotlight on NHI: Could NHI fix emergency medical services?

Spotlight on NHI: Could NHI fix emergency medical services?

The shortage of prompt, dependable, quality ambulance services in much of South Africa is a national crisis. Might NHI offer a solution? ...
Spotlight on NHI: Exclusion of vulnerable groups opens NHI up to legal challenge

Spotlight on NHI: Exclusion of vulnerable groups opens NHI up to legal challenge

The NHI train is speeding towards implementation, but it’s leaving some people behind. This makes the NHI Bill vulnerable to legal challenge. ...
Spotlight on NHI: Will inadequate governance arrangements be NHI’s Achilles heel?

Spotlight on NHI: Will inadequate governance arrangements be NHI’s Achilles heel?

A lack of public participation and transparency, and the Minister of Health being given too much power – Tendai Mafuma explores some key concerns ...
Spotlight on NHI: Trust deficit overshadows industry meeting

Spotlight on NHI: Trust deficit overshadows industry meeting

An industry talk shop reveals that it’s not universal health coverage that’s the big worry, but rather trust in the government’s ability to deliver ...
Limpopo Treasury to investigate new aeromedical tender

Limpopo Treasury to investigate new aeromedical tender

Limpopo Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba has confirmed that an aeromedical service which was recently awarded a lucrative three year tender in the ...
Face to face with North West Health MEC Madoda Sambatha

Face to face with North West Health MEC Madoda Sambatha

More than a year on from the devastating hospital strikes and political upheaval in the North West, the new MEC for health sits down for a candid ...
Spotlight on NHI: Era of NHI similar to early 1990s

Spotlight on NHI: Era of NHI similar to early 1990s

In the nineties, the optimism of the oppressed and dispossessed was tempered by the fear of the previously advantaged of losing a way of life they ...
Mbombo: From domestic worker to MEC

Mbombo: From domestic worker to MEC

Biénne Huisman speaks to Nomafrench Mbombo about the long journey from doing domestic work in East London to being the MEC for Health in the Western ...
A hidden killer of people living with HIV

A hidden killer of people living with HIV

Cryptococcal meningitis is the second leading killer of people with HIV, behind only tuberculosis. Yet, access to a new, better medicine that can ...
#Health4Sale: Company under Hawks and SIU investigation awarded large Limpopo tender

#Health4Sale: Company under Hawks and SIU investigation awarded large Limpopo tender

The Limpopo health department, which has a track record of dodgy aeromedical contracts, has awarded a lucrative three-year tender to a joint venture ...
Spotlight on NHI: In search of common ground

Spotlight on NHI: In search of common ground

Marcus Low takes an in-depth look at the politics of NHI, explores the concerns people have with the NHI Bill, and asks what it will take for people ...
Mental Health Unit is a ‘disaster’, says Public Service Commissioner

Mental Health Unit is a ‘disaster’, says Public Service Commissioner

The Public Service Commission (PSC) made a surprise visit to the Cecilia Makiwane Mental Health Unit - 10 days after Spotlight published its ...
Spotlight on NHI: What has actually changed in the new Bill?

Spotlight on NHI: What has actually changed in the new Bill?

Sasha Stevenson considers what has changed between the 2018 draft NHI Bill and the version released two weeks ago to see how, if at all, thinking ...