On 2 August 2013, SACSIS and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation co-hosted a panel discussion on the theme, "Making the National Health Insurance Scheme Work for All South Africans - Can It Be Achieved?"

Our government’s National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme presents an important opportunity to develop a better healthcare system that works for all South Africans. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to close the gap between public and private healthcare and develop a unified world-class healthcare system that all South Africans could have confidence in -- but how do we achieve this goal? 

The questions we put to our panelists were: How does our government intend to develop a unified healthcare system that all South Africans feel is safe and affordable to use? What are the responsibilities of the state, the medical fraternity and the public in general towards developing such a system? Most importantly, how can we use the NHI as an opportunity to build greater social cohesion, in South Africa, around the delivery of an important social good that all South Africans can share in equally?

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