Understanding South Africa's Regional Healthcare Markets
With a new National Health Insurance system being implemented, what will the effects be on the under-resourced public sector and the expensive private sector? And what changes can be seen at the varied regional and provincial levels?
Any assessment of South Africa must consider the potential variations across Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape and Western Cape, as well as down to provincial levels. Geographical diversity will impact on medical services and this report answers those key questions that will arise:
- How is the population distributed? How is healthcare divided?
- Health funding: How is the Government expenditure vs. private expenditure indicated?
- What are the long-term macroeconomic forecasts?
- Which regions are better provided for and which still need investment?
Identifying opportunities in South Africa’s growing health economy requires detailed knowledge of the economic performance and health infrastructure at a regional and province level. Being able to see that in the context of neighboring provinces and the national picture brings focus to areas of opportunity.
Rich in statistics and charts, this newly updated report from Espicom, Understanding South Africa’s Regional Healthcare Markets is part of a series on major markets; taking you further into understanding the growing regional health environments.
Our valued expert views from our analysts provide you with key opinions not found anywhere else:
A two-tiered healthcare system currently operates in South Africa, compromised of the under-resourced public sector (which supports the majority of the population) and expensive private sector (which attracts the wealthy minority). This divergence is attributed mainly to disparity in the provision and standard of healthcare services, infrastructure and resource allocation between the public and private sectors.Against this backdrop, despite high expenditure on healthcare (8.8% of GDP in 2012), health outcomes remain poor in comparison with similar middle-income countries. To abolish this inequality, the African National Congress (ANC) is in the process of implementing National Health Insurance (NHI) to realize its goal of universal healthcare in the country, aiming to provide the population with the required health services while making financial contributions according to an individual’s ability to pay. This report gives a picture of the current state of regional healthcare systems, trends and forecasts within the nine provinces of South Africa.