South Africa: Motsoaledi's Bid to Improve Public Health Services Gets 18.7 Billion Rand Boost
February 28, 2011
South Africa's Treasury has allocated an additional 18.7 billion rand (US $2.7 billion) over the next three years to improve public health services. The money will help fund the upgrading of public hospitals and clinics, the doubling of HIV/AIDS patients receiving antiretroviral treatment, and the introduction of a new primary health care system. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is leading a change in the provision of primary health care in South Africa, which currently has very few public-sector physicians working outside of hospitals. Using Brazil as a template, Motsoaledi wants to employ teams of health care personnel working at the community level, with a primary focus on preventative medicine and reducing the load on public hospitals.
Business Day (Johannesburg)
02.24.2011; Tamar Kahn
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