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The National Health Insurance (NHI), for which membership will be compulsory, is a funding scheme that aims to address healthcare inequity in South Africa. The scheme will do this by creating a fund that the government will use to buy healthcare services at set fees from accredited public and private health providers. The NHI has not yet been legislated — the health department is hoping to have the NHI Bill approved by parliament by the end of 2022.

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[WATCH] The right people are getting into medical school: More than 90% of medical students pass


  • Graduation rates for medical school are much higher than for other degrees with high entry requirements such as engineering and the sciences. 
  • The drop-out rates are also unusually low for medical school, despite it being such a long and taxing degree. 
  • A student’s race does play a role in the admissions process, but it doesn’t mean medical schools are admitting Black and Coloured students who aren’t up to scratch.

  • Read the full script here
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Yolanda Mdzeke is a multimedia reporter at Bhekisisa.

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Jesse Copelyn is a health journalist at Bhekisisa.