oa South African Journal of Bioethics and Law - A health system that violates patients' rights to access health care : editorial

Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1999-7639



During the apartheid era, disproportionate resource allocation policies by the state at a systemic level resulted in poor-quality and inferior services being available to black people. Healthcare services were not spared the discriminatory constraints of apartheid rule. As a consequence, there were treatment delays, drug and bed shortages, and black South Africans in psychiatric hospitals were refused sheets, made to sleep on the floor, and given inferior foods. In many instances, black women were made to leave healthcare facilities immediately after giving birth. No doubt the state had the resources to provide better care, but because of apartheid racist policies did not.

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