Quick Public Health Facts

Number of Medical Aids

There are 93 medical aid schemes in South Africa according to the official list on the Council for Medical Schemes Website (2013) http://www.medicalschemes.com/MedicalSchemes.aspx

Number of doctors in South Africa

Currently there are 17 801 GPs and 9 630 specialists working in South Africa, achieving a ratio of 55 doctors per 100 000 people. (Economex November 2010)

Millenium Development Goals

Read about it here.

Health Budget

The health department has been allocated a budget of R38.563 billion in the 2016/17 Budget. 




Explanation of Conditional Grants

Tamar Kahn of Business Day provides a cogent explanation of what these are:

Conditional grants in the SA Health System are ring-fenced funds earmarked for specific programmes, which are transferred from the SA Treasury to provincial health departments via the national department. The national department is supposed to monitor the performance of the provinces through periodic reports, and by visiting the provinces, to ensure the funds are used for their intended purpose.

South African Maternal Deaths

South Africa has cut maternal deaths from 189,5 per 100 000 births in 2009 to 132,9 per 100 000 in 2012/13. But we are still very far from meeting our international commitment to cut maternal mortality to 38 deaths per 100,000 births by 2015 as part of the global Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – Kerry Cullinan, Health-e, October 2013.

Government Health Expenditure

The government spends more than 8% of its gross domestic product on health, more than the 5% recommended by the World Health Organisation. A total of R145.7-billion was allocated to health in the 2014-2015 financial year, up from R134.3-billion in the previous year.

South African Healthcare Facilities Audit

According to the national healthcare facilities audit, South Africa has 3 880 public clinics, community health centres and hospitals…. Free healthcare includes antenatal care, certain vaccinations, HIV counselling and testing, and sexual and reproductive health services.  –  Ina Skosana, Mail and Guardian March 28, 2014