NHI Should Be Premised On The Beveridge Report

In her informative article on the NHI Bill, Professor Larisse Prinsen (The Mercury, July 6) lays out the intended operation of the ANC’s socialist Leviathan. But totally absent from it is the premise that the William Beveridge Report of 1942 identified as essential for Britain’s NHI.

“The state in organising security should not stifle incentive, opportunity, responsibility. In establishing a national minimum, it should leave room and encouragement for voluntary action by each individual to provide more than that minimum for himself and his family” (quoted in Charles Moore’s Margaret Thatcher – the authorised biography, Vol 1, p 164).

The deliberate marginalisation, simultaneously, of the individual’s right to choose health care beyond the minimum provided by the state and the right of medical professionals to practice independently, spells doom for health care for all as the ANC disingenuously promises.

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