Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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29 May 2021
5:04 am

‘Covid-19 corruption just a taste of what we can expect with NHI’

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

This month, the portfolio committee on health in parliament continued holding public hearings on the NHI Bill.

Health workers are bracing for a third wave of the coronavirus in Gauteng. Picture: Michel Bega

The continued looting of public funds in healthcare despite the pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic does not bode well for future support of National Health Insurance (NHI). The hot-button Bill has raised debate again, following recent public statements for and against it in light of the pandemic. According to Corruption Watch chief executive David Lewis, although the idea of a centralised health system isn’t necessarily a recipe for corruption, it can become a fertile ground if antigraft solutions are not incorporated into NHI policy. This month, the portfolio committee on health in parliament continued holding public hearings on the NHI...