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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 Bill was passed in the National Assembly in June 2023. It has to go to the National Council of Provinces for approval.

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[WATCH] A tale of two systems: How public and private cancer services compare

  • Portia Njangwini’s elation, finding out she was pregnant, vanished when she heard that the lump in her left breast was cancer.
  • Almost a year after finishing chemotherapy, she’s still on the waiting list for radiation treatment at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg.
  • But survivors who have private medical aid say it’s not a guarantee for great treatment either.
  • Our TV team takes you to two hospitals — one public and the other private — and shows you what it’s like to battle breast cancer in the different health systems.

Does having private medical aid make having breast cancer easier to deal with? Mohale Moloi and Yolanda Mdzeke take a look in our newsletter on 3 July.

  • Read the full script here

Yolanda Mdzeke is a multimedia reporter at Bhekisisa.

Mohale Moloi worked at Bhekisisa as a television producer and health journalist from July 2021 to March 2024.