Through the looking glass: the NHI and human rights

SOURCE: HSRC Review
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2016
TITLE AUTHOR(S): N.Bohler-Muller
KEYWORDS: HUMAN RIGHTS, NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE (NHI) SYSTEM
DEPARTMENT: African Institute of South Africa (AISA)
Web link: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/review/hsrc-review-jan-march-2016/through-the-looking-glass
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 9173

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Abstract

The release of the long-anticipated White Paper on National Health Insurance (NHI) by the Department of Health on 10 December 2015 was followed by a flurry of comments. One argument is that the Bill of Rights guarantees every person the 'right to freedom of association', and that the NHI would unfairly and unduly limit one's right to decide with whom to associate. Narnia Bohler-Muller looks at this argument from a socio-economic rights perspective.