Social Solidarity, Human Rights, and Collective Action: Considerations in the Implementation of the National Health Insurance in South Africa
2 Oct 2018 - 15:30
Researchers from the Health and Human Rights programme in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine recently published an article exploring the relevance of Social Solidarity, Human Rights, and Collective Action for the Implementation of the National Health Insurance in South Africa. Visiting intern Renate Douwes interviewed members of Civic Society organisations active in the Western Cape to understanding the potential for collective action towards a National Health Insurance. Given current debates in South Africa on the feasibility and implementation of the NHI, this research offers insights into the importance of social solidarity as a framing tool for the NHI and the importance of trust, reciprocity, and altruism for understanding how to move forward. One of the first steps in implementing the NHI should focus on rebuilding trust, which could be developed by establishing platforms for citizen participation.