EPISODE 7 : The Health System

South Africa’s health system had more than enough problems before Covid-19 – high prices and over servicing in parts of the private sector, poor service delivery in much of the public space, and massive inequalities between the two. And now the system is under more pressure than ever. Will that pressure rip apart what is already frayed? Or will it force us to confront weaknesses and face failings in ways that might drive us to create something better? In this episode, John Perlman chats to Professor Sharon Fonn who is Professor of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand and Professor Steve Reid, the Chair of Primary Health Care at the University of Cape Town.