Healthcare in South Africa Surupa Datta


The parallel health care system in South Africa is the reasoning for the inequities in health care access for citizens

Public Sector

Mulago Hospital, South Africa

Private Sector

Apollo Bramwell Hospital, South Africa

Reasons For The Gap

  • Public sector is understaffed because private sector attracts most of the country‚Äôs health professionals.
  • Higher demand (80%) for public healthcare as most cannot afford private healthcare
  • 36% of population in poverty (2016)
  • 25% of population unemployed (2016)

What next?

  • The government of South Africa proposed a plan for national health insurance

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