oa South African Health Review - Primary health care facilities survey : chapter 1

Volume 2000, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1025-1715



Notable moves, either towards or away from equity in Primary Health Care (PHC) provision in South Africa, are observed when comparing the 1997/98 and the 2000 PHC Facility Surveys. Significant strides towards improvement have undoubtedly been accomplished. Sadly there are also areas in which inequity has increased. Given the supposed increased prioritisation of and budgetary allocation to PHC in South Africa in recent years, improvement across the spectrum of indicators measured in this survey could have been expected. Sadly many areas of PHC remainin dire straits. Undoubtedly there have been marked changes for the better in PHC provision; equally true is that such improvements seem to come at the expense of other areas of PHC.

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