Special Reports:

National Health Insurance

< Back to special reports

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 Act was signed into law on 15 May 2024 but before it will come into effect, Parliament will need to enact further legislation (including ones providing for its funding).

HomeMultimedia The right people are getting into medical school: More than 90%...

[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

Yolanda Mdzeke is a multimedia reporter at Bhekisisa.

Jesse Copelyn was a health journalist at Bhekisisa between 2022 and 2023.