n South African Medical Journal - Cost awareness on the part of health professionals : correspondence

Volume 105, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The African region bears more than 24% of the global burden of disease, but has access to less than 1% of the financial resources. Access to healthcare is a significant concern in South Africa (SA), and financial cost is a recognised cause of lack of access to adequate healthcare. Furthermore, increasing healthcare costs affect healthcare decisions taken by poorer households, further decreasing their already limited access. Resource scarcity also determines the standard of care, and higher costs have been shown to have a negative impact on patient outcomes. The cost of healthcare can also affect other aspects of living, and for some members of society can mean the choice between medication and essentials of living such as food.

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