What are the medical and health facilities like in South Africa if I have to be hospitalised?

Last modified: May 8, 2021
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If you are diagnosed with COVID while you’re in South Africa, you will be required to self-isolate at your accommodation (if allowed) or a designated self-isolation accommodation establishment (see above) if your symptoms are not severe. If your symptoms escalate, you will be admitted to a medical facility for care. South Africa’s private medical facilities are of a high quality and provide world-class medical care. Private medical facilities are offered countrywide by such groups as: Mediclinic, Life Healthcare and Netcare. The doctor to patient ratio differs greatly between public and private healthcare facilities. In the case of the former, it is unacceptably low (one doctor to 4,000 patients). However, the doctor to patient ratio for private healthcare is one doctor to less than 300 patients, which is equivalent to ratios seen in countries with first-class medical care, like Switzerland.

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