n South African Medical Journal - Will escalating spending on HIV treatment displace funding for treatment of other diseases? : original article

Volume 100, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



In 2009 news media regularly reported examples of adverse events in a public health system that, many would argue, is in crisis, with widespread work stoppages by overworked doctors, shut-down of critical units in hospitals, shortages of vitally needed supplies and equipment - all of which result in denial of treatment to patients or, at best, inadequate treatment. Newly appointed health minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi honestly conceded that the public health system faces 'very serious challenges'.

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