Provincial policy death-knell for iconic McCord Hospital?
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.)
Chris Bateman, HMPG
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Date published: 2013-02-21
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