Melanie Verwoerd | The NHI: Get rid of corruption and maladministration before asking me for more tax

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Nicholas Crisp, the deputy director-general for the NHI, told Parliament recently that they would use surcharges on personal income tax, payroll tax and reallocating funding for medical scheme tax credits.
Nicholas Crisp, the deputy director-general for the NHI, told Parliament recently that they would use surcharges on personal income tax, payroll tax and reallocating funding for medical scheme tax credits.
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Melanie Verwoerd writes that she is willing to pay more tax for everyone to get better health care, but only if it doesn't go into lining of the pockets of administrators and officials.

A few years ago, the then Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, revealed his plan for a National Health Insurance (NHI) at a media conference. When asked how he was going to fund it, he responded that financing wasn't his problem. He explained that it was his job to present the plan to the Cabinet. If they agreed, it was then their problem to find the money. 

This set off major alarm bells for me. It was clear that an NHI would cost billions. Billions, which given the state of the national fiscus, South Africa could ill afford. So, the question was always: "Where would the money come from?" 

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