It would be amiss on my part if I neglected to comment on the enormous success our Springbok squad achieved in Japan earlier this month. Their win was underpinned by the foundation of clear strategy, discipline, limited errors, teamwork and leadership – this has to be acknowledged, admired and cherished. Should this platform not also frame our quest to implement universal health care in South Africa? Analyses of the matches will clearly show that our opposing teams were outplayed both by Springbok physical power and mental toughness, attributes which facilitated focus and staying power for the entire duration of the tournament. A successful NHI programme requires no less in focus and perseverance.