Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
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19 Jun 2022
6:13 pm

SA’s healthcare system on its knees and in need of reform

Sipho Mabena

Study says stagnation of reforms could be fatal for healthcare system that is under strain

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A new study has yet again pointed out South Africa’s healthcare system failures and emphasised an urgent need for an overhaul. The study was conducted during the changing healthcare climate as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The research report by public interest law centre Section 27 and the Concentric Alliance (CA) found that not only was the health system characterised by inequality in access to services but that in some cases it was almost overwhelmed by the pandemic. Healthcare system failures The study noted that ‘fatal’ healthcare system failures, like the extended closure of Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, nearly...