Less than 17% of SA households have medical aid – survey
Stats SA says access to medical aid is determined by wealth while about 70% of households use public health facilities.
JOHANNESBURG - The 2017 General Household Survey has revealed that less than 17% of South African households have medical aid.
Stats SA released the report at a briefing in Pretoria on Thursday.
WATCH: #StatsSA’s Dr Isabelle Schmidt Chief Director for Social Statistics speaks on the GHS findings that less than 17% of the population has access to medical aid. The report found that only highly urbanised provinces of Gauteng and the Western Cape. pic.twitter.com/eDdPaH5fKb— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) June 21, 2018
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is addressing a briefing on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, which has been approved by Cabinet.
The NHI is hoped to bring about universal health coverage in the country.
Stats SA’s Isabelle Schmidt says access to medical aid is determined by wealth.
“We see that coverage is best in our wealthiest provinces in South Africa, which is in the Western Cape, where we find around the quarter of the population has access to medical aid. The lowest is Limpopo and Eastern Cape where less than 10% have access to medical aid.”
On average, less than 17% of the population have medical aid coverage. only highly urbanised provinces of Gauteng & the Western Cape have medical aid coverage rates higher than the average #StatsSA https://t.co/cBfMHp1w2C pic.twitter.com/RHAffQuLe5— Stats SA (@StatsSA) June 21, 2018
She says about 70% of households use public health facilities.
“In most cases, South Africans still go to public health facilities as the first port of call when they are sick or need medical attention. Only 27% of the South African population use private facilities.”
When coming to health, less than 17% of the population have access to medical aid. The GHS also showed that over 81% of South Africans were satisfied with the public healthcare. #StatsSA pic.twitter.com/xlC53RgVyw— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) June 21, 2018
(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)