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Health Care

  • Date Submitted: 05/18/2014 03:22 PM
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My topic of discussion is “The public healthcare provided by our government is killing more people than saving lives.” I certainly agree with this statement because our healthcare service provided by our government is deteriorating.
Our healthcare system is failing due to various reasons, some of which include shortage of doctors, nurses leaving the public sector and going for greener pastures, administrative chaos, lack of medication and equipment to perform surgery.
South Africa’s health department has acknowledged that rural public health facilities are facing a shortfall of thousands of doctors. Some state hospitals and clinics in the countryside don’t have a single doctor. Doctors are exhausted because they are doing a lot of work without the resources that are required to do the job, which is immensely frustrating, and also with too few staff.
South African state nurses are also abandoning the public health sector. Unfavourable working conditions and stress from seeing patients suffer nonstop are one of the primary reasons for leaving the state sector. Also, many nurses are leaving South Africa to seek employment overseas where working conditions are more favourable than at home.
Our countries public healthcare system, especially in the more isolated districts, is characterized by bad management, administrative inefficiency and poor planning.
Disease rates, as well as number of deaths, spike when rural public healthcare facilities run out of medicines and other essentials and the government fails to deliver important medical equipment. It has been stated in an article that hospitals and clinics endure regular shortages of the “most basic” of medical apparatus. Hospitals have run out of surgical gloves and oxygen many times before, which has even resulted in death.
Here are a few of the articles that I would like to mention.
The first article, “Blind twins to be paid R4.3million.” I was devastated when I read this article. Twin boys went blind...

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