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National Health Insurance – South Africa Style

Posted by John McDonough October 7, 2012 02:59 PM

I just returned from a week long training program in South Africa (SA) with some colleagues from the Harvard School of Public Health. We were there for the launch of collaboration with health professional schools in Pretoria and East London to train up-and-coming officials in the South African health system to meet the challenges in this dynamic and complex system. While there, I also got a look at that nation's efforts to achieve national health insurance for its 50 million residents.

I arrived thinking they might have some things to learn from the U.S. health reform experience, and left convinced we have some things to learn from South Africa. Here are some thoughts, mostly written on the 16-hour plane ride back home:


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John E. McDonough is a professor of practice at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is the author of the book “Inside National Health Reform”, published in 2011 by More »


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