South Africa needs to test 12 times more people per day for the new coronavirus than it currently does. Our testing plan can only do this if we use a wider range of tests – including controversial ones.
The coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak has revealed both the strengths and weaknesses of South Africa’s healthcare system. On the other hand, the Covid-19 pandemic presents a greater opportunity to develop South Africa’s health sector value chain.
The argument by the chairperson of Parliament’s Health Committee, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, that citizens should not fear the unknowns of the National Health Insurance is disturbing. Government’s virtual absence of technical policy analysis since NHI became official policy is exactly that type of unknown that is grounds for great alarm.
The moral question facing South Africans is: how can 16% of the population bask in the luxury of private healthcare, when 84% are subjected to crumbs? Economists across the world advocate cross-subsidisation, where the rich support the poor to improve their quality of life. Why is this a scary thought in South Africa?