How does healthcare work in SA?
Most expats have private health insurance here. This should be integral to any expat package that you are on as it is pretty much essential. There is government provision but this is patchy at best. We have experienced government hospitals and they are not for the faint hearted!!
The main hospitals in the northern suburbs are:
- Park Lane – www.netcare.co.za
- Fourways Life – www.lifehealthcare.co.za
GPs are private and you can go to any you choose as and when you need them. Access to specialists is also pretty easy and for most things you don’t need any form of referral. Most good pharmacists have free or very cheap clinics, which in many cases are a good alternative to a GP or even an A&E visit. They can do inoculations, small injuries and other minor bits and bobs. The largest chains of pharmacies here are Dischem & Clicks. There are many other good smaller chains and independents.