South Africa’s Covid-19 response shows how the public and private healthcare sectors can co-operate successfully. While we already have a state-owned healthcare system, it lacks the leadership found in the private sector.

This is a critical issue for proponents of the national health insurance (NHI) scheme, particularly when the cost of private medical aid excludes the vast majority of South Africans from accessing healthcare. We must ask: has the public-private partnership during the Covid-19 pandemic laid the foundation for a successful NHI?

Join the Business Day Dialogues, in partnership with ASI, as our panel of SA’s most respected medical aid and health economists unpack the future of healthcare in South Africa.