Carine Hartman
Chief sub-editor
2 minute read
28 Aug 2021
6:00 am

Giving state healthcare the finger, because it may just keep it

Carine Hartman

Now I understand why you pay for a medical aid.

Health minister Dr Joe Phaahla. Picture: Gallo Images/Brenton Geach

My boy is losing a finger in a comedy of errors and I wonder why I ever promoted state healthcare. It’s 9pm when he tells me the table saw “nicked” him. The blood on the floor told me it was more than a nick. “Tourniquet,” is all I’m thinking. It becomes my scarf that holds together that very important middle finger. I hand over my bank card to Responsible Son to get the sawyer to hospital – not any hospital." “Go private,” I panted. “I won’t let him bleed to death.” First red flag. Nearly R2 000 later, we hear...