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Finger on the pulse: meet the man charged with setting up the NHI office

Dr Nicholas Crisp has been hauled out of retirement to oversee everything. He tells us what he plans to do

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“Don’t panic ... The rhetoric around the NHI bill is not helpful.”

These are the words of Dr Nicholas Crisp, a former state doctor, health consultant and olive farmer who has come out of retirement to set up an office for National Health Insurance (NHI), which the government wants fully implemented by 2026.

Crisp, who has known health minister Zweli Mkhize for 30 years, has been asked to have the 50- to 80-person office up and running by January...

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