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Yes, NHI might become corrupt ... and don’t chuck your medaid card

Health chair says you can keep your private cover, but you'll have to pay for both. Oh, and, 2026 might be a tad optimistic

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Medical aids will not be abolished, and you will be able to “jump the queue” if you choose to stay on private healthcare when the National Health Insurance comes into effect – but you will definitely be made to pay for both.

So says parliament’s health portfolio chair Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, who was speaking to Times Select on Thursday, a week after the NHI Bill was sent to parliament for discussion.

Dhlomo is expected to play a key role in the debate, not just because of his position but also because he was the KwaZulu-Natal health MEC for almost exactly 10 years. He also has the ear of health minister Zweli Mkhize, who he served with on the KZN cabinet...

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