oa South African Health Review - Human resources for health : health care delivery

Volume 2007 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1025-1715



South Africa faces a major crisis in terms of human resources for health. There is a shortage within the country coupled with a maldistribution between provinces as well as between the public and private sectors. This chapter highlights some of these structural constraints. It further explores the potential policy impacts of a range of policy options from limited private practice to the development of private training institutions and the employment of medical practitioners by private hospitals. The foundation of this chapter is located within the framework of strengthening the overall health system through discussion and engagement in policy debates that will ensure that the public sector is not undermined in the process.

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