oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Thoughts on the Use of Nurse Practitioners in General Practice

Volume 24, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



At present the private sector in Rhodesia provides medical care for a population of some 250 000, the majority of them European, Asian and Coloured, most of them being covered by medical aid societies. It is unrealistic to expect that this imbalance between African and non-African membership of medical aid societies will be acceptable with the advent of black majority rule and it has been estimated that with the lowering of the minimum salary level to qualify for membership of medical aid societies the number covered by them might increase to nearly a million. It is also unrealistic to expect the present number of general practitioners (G.P.s) to be able to cope with this three or four-fold: increase in number of patients without help and without a great deal of practice re-organisation.

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