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Choices for a Sustainable Social Health Care

The Department of Health gave South Africans an opportunity until 21 September 2018 to comment on the National Health Insurance Bill. The heated debate on the creation of the National Health Insurance scheme (NHI) has focused on the affordability of the proposed scheme, the capacity of the state to deliver on the promised universal health care, and the future role of medical schemes. However, many other questions should be asked when deciding on the most appropriate form of national health care. Danny Pieters' contribution, 'Choices for a Sustainable Social Health Care', written from the perspective of a European expert in social health care, highlights the 12 most important questions that should be asked in this context.

Brief biography:

Prof Danny Pieters

  • teaches social security law and comparative law at the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven);
  • holds a Phd in Law at the KU Leuven (1985);
  • was a Member of the Belgian federal Parliament (1999-2003 Lower House; 2010-2013 Senate) and President of the Senate (2010-2011);
  • has been Honorary President of the Senate of the Kingdom of Belgium since 2014; and
  • was Vice Rector of KU Leuven (2013-2017).

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