News: Op-Ed

OPINION: Budget 2023 – opportunity missed to refocus public health spending?

The right to access healthcare services is guaranteed to everyone under Section 27 of the South African Constitution. On a population health level, South Africa has made good progress over the last 20 years.


Mid-term budget fails to show the way to a more resilient recovery

The Medium-term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) was tabled at a time of increased uncertainty and volatility characterised by rising global interest rates, downward revisions to the economic outlook, and very high unemployment.


Despite some positives, budget is not up to our health challenges

South Africa is one of the most unequal societies in the world. This inequality extends beyond mere income inequality and permeates all aspects of society -also our health system.


Reflections on a budget of ‘unmet expectations’

In the week leading up to the tabling of the medium-term budget policy statement, expectations were high that addressing the impact of poverty and inequality would feature strongly.


Healthcare in South Africa: how inequity is contributing to inefficiency

The National Health Insurance Scheme was introduced by the South African government to balance the scales in the highly unequal healthcare system. But there are many unanswered questions.


A Tale of Rural Health

The failing healthcare system in the Eastern Cape affects everyone: urban communities, migrants from Gauteng and Cape Town too sick to work anymore or returning home to retire, and healthcare workers who don’t have the medicines, equipment and a functioning referral system, to offer the care their patients need.