South Africa, Africa's leading industrial power, spends 4.5% of its gross domestic product (GDP) on the private healthcare system, which benefits 16% of the population, and 4.2% of GDP for the public , which supports 84%.
Some 8.8 million South Africans out of a population of 57 million today have access to private healthcare, while the majority rely on the public system. What do you need to know about healthcare in South Africa?
The public healthcare system in South Africa :
40% of the South African Ministry of Health's expenditure goes to the public sector to promote access to primary healthcare.
About 80% of the South African population has access to public healthcare. The country has more than 400 public hospitals. Provincial health services manage regional hospitals. Small hospitals and primary care facilities are managed at the district level. The National Department of Health directly manages the 10 major university hospitals.
There are also 3,500 clinics in the public sector. These provide free care for children under six and pregnant women.
The fees in the public sector are very low, they vary according to the salary received by the patient and the number of dependents. Count around 30 euros for a consultation with a general practitioner and 60 euros for a specialist. However, it is advisable to seek treatment with the private sector because reputed of better quality.
The private healthcare system in South Africa:
With more than 200 private hospitals, the quality of medical care in the private sector is very good. It is considered the best in Africa and among the best in the world. This explains why a lot of expatriates living in Africa come to South Africa to get quality healthcare.
Healthcare in private hospitals and clinics is much more expensive than in public health facilities. But it remains cheaper than in some developed countries.
With more favorable working conditions and high-tech equipment, private clinics attract the best doctors in the country. This causes a void in human resources in public institutions.
The new reform of the South African health system:
South Africa has introduced a new universal health insurance project to be operational by 2026. Its goal is to increase access to care for the South African population and reduce the gap between rich who benefit from excellent private medicine and the poor who resort to public hospitals, often poorly equipped.
Access to healthcare in South Africa for expatriates and foreigners:
Health insurance is mandatory for any foreigner who uses the South African health system, public or private. Whether you are an expatriate or traveling to South Africa, you will be required to present your insurance card to access the care that is subject to reimbursement by the insurance.
Before you go to South Africa, you must take out international health insurance to cover you in case of illness or hospitalization.
The Mondassur GoldExpat insurance policy reimburses the care provided by private clinics, and allows you to freely choose your doctor and health facility. An expat healthcare insurance will give your family quality healthcare in South Africa or will guarantee if you are single to be well treated.
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