Provincial policy death-knell for iconic McCord Hospital?

Chris Bateman


The 103-year-old McCord Hospital in Durban, globally famous for its training and affordable high-quality healthcare, has succumbed to an external funding crisis that will almost certainly turn it into a State health facility run by the KwaZulu-Natal health department.

McCord is one of South Africa’s last few government-subsidised mission hospitals (50% province-funded). Ironically, over the last three years it reduced a R22 million accumulated loss to just R6.8 million and was headed for a vitally needed surplus. This would have enabled it to undertake a pre-National Health Insurance revamp and continue plugging the gap in the hugely under-served ‘employed, uninsured’ population, while delivering a service at least twice as good as any equivalent-sized public sector hospital. (McCord asks patients to pay about 40% of what they would in the private sector.)

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Chris Bateman, HMPG

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McCord Hospital, closure, take-over

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South African Medical Journal 2013;103(3):139-142. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.6806

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Date submitted: 2013-02-15
Date published: 2013-02-21

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