While the country’s draft policy for bringing universal health care to all bewilders many, long waiting times at health facilities, drug shortages and clinics not operating for 24 hours, remain the biggest concerns they face.
The Democratic Alliance has been fiercely opposed to the National Health Insurance Bill. But the official opposition party’s alternative leaves many unanswered questions. Eleanor Whyle, Manya van Ryneveld and Leanne Brady break it down.
How ‘universal’ is the universal health coverage envisaged by the National Health Insurance scheme? The draft law contains xenophobic rhetoric, but the country’s main political parties offer very few alternatives in the manifestos.