oa South African Human Rights Yearbook - Health

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1354-3903



This chapter provides an overview of the health care sector in South Africa for the years 1997 and 1998. During this period the discrepancy between private and public health care continued to reflect the legacy of apartheid. Although only 18% of South Africans belong to a medical aid this group has access to 85% of the pharmacists and 60% of the medical specialists.1 In fact, the discrepancy in the amount spent in these two sectors has grown over the last five years, further advantaging the recipients of private health care.

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