oa Professional Nursing Today - Health care equity - what does it mean for South African nurses? : editorial

Volume 12, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1607-6672



It is official. The gap between rich and poor in South African is getting wider (worse) and is the highest (worst) in the world. When I heard this bad news in a recent church sermon, I thought that I had better check the minister's facts. Perhaps this man of God had not really understood these worldly matters. Surely it could not be true in our "new," albeit a bit tarnished, South Africa. Our wonderfully progressive constitution which outlines the right of citizens to access to: health care services, food, water and social security "including if they are unable to support themselves and their dependants, appropriate social assistance." As if by divine intervention, I did not have to wait long for confirmation, for at a SA Medical Association conference in August, the fact was revealed by a local healthcare economics expert. I was offering a great big apology for doubting the honourable man of the cloth, .

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