oa ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa - The quality of health care for older persons in South Africa : is there quality care? : conference paper

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1684-260X



South Africa has a multi-ethnic population, and the ethnic distribution of the older population (60 and older) is blacks 62.7%, coloureds 8.8%, Indians / Asians 3.9% and whites 24.5% (Statistics South Africa, 2010). For socio-political reasons, the majority of the black older population were disadvantaged throughout the course of their lives and suffered the cumulative effects in old age. The population is largely poor and depends on the state for income (a social pension), and for health and social care services, which has implications for future public sector care and service provision.

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