n South African Medical Journal - #FeesMustFall and the campaign for universal health coverage : editorial

Volume 105, Issue 12
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The recent #FeesMustFall protests by students seeking better access to tertiary education remind us how politically and socially explosive inequitable access to social services can be. The protests have effectively highlighted government underfunding of tertiary education and surfaced dissatisfaction with persistent income and service disparities more generally. As we approach the second Universal Health Coverage Day on 12 December, and with the reportedly imminent release of the National Health Insurance White Paper in South Africa (SA), we need to reflect as a society on our commitment to equitable access to good-quality health services.

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