Preventable disease burden health budget
Cape Town - About 80% of the Western Cape health budget is spent on diseases and injuries that could have been prevented by being responsible, Premier Helen Zille said on Friday.
"Over 50% of injury-related deaths in the province are a result of domestic violence and road accidents, often fuelled by alcohol and drug abuse," she said.
"'Lifestyle diseases caused by smoking, a lack of exercise and poor eating habits are also placing an increasing burden on our health service."
Zille was speaking at the opening of the provincial legislature in Cape Town.
She said the hundreds of millions of rands spent on treating these preventable cases meant those with unavoidable illnesses and serious disabilities were turned away from facilities.