Healthcare dilemma in South Africa

2012-05-08 07:00

In most developed countries patients with  life-threatening illnesses are given their treatment  within the certain allotted time. Usually a Category "A" patient will wait around 8minutes for paramedics to arrive on the scene in about 79% of the time. A Category "B" patient or a non life-threatening situation could take up to 19minutes around 98% of the time.

Apart from the high burden of infectious diseases,a lack of much needed medicines and essential medical equipment,incompetent management you'll also find that there is a chronic shortage of qualified doctors and nurses which makes the country's situation much worse. Currently South African medical staff  and other public servants working abroad or outside South Africa would have brought in $14billion annually in revenue towards the South African economy. Imagine how many more healthcare facilities,treatment equipment,ambulances and personnel that would've produced looking after the sick and infirm! 

A good health-care system should be based on a medical approach to our health. So far too many of us have wrongfully medicalized our society’s problems. Suicide, malnutrition, and drug abuse have all now become medical problems. They are not even health problems but they are social problems with health and medical consequences. Whether or not a future South African government will realize the importance of all that only time will tell.


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