Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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28 Jul 2020
5:01 am

Covid-19 ‘forces rethink on healthcare insurance’

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

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The National Health Insurance (NHI) that government has envisioned is dead as Covid-19 has forced the South African healthcare sector to redefine key variables in the system which could change how healthcare is insured against. This according to independent economist Iraj Ibedian. Big data in healthcare, though widely understood in the developed world as the next game-changer in optimising healthcare services and insurance, Covid-19 has forced governments to react faster to this glaring gap in healthcare. Emerging economies have much to catch up on before responding to this. The pricing and financing of healthcare services, a central element in NHI,...