South Africa’s healthcare quality scare
The quality of South Africa’s healthcare system is currently ranked in the bottom 40 percent in the world.
The Lancet Healthcare Access and Quality Index positioned the country’s healthcare system at 119 out of 195 countries in the world, with a score of 52. This is only a 6,4 point increase since 1990.
South Africa’s strongest healthcare features were in the areas of diphtheria, tetanus, uterine cancer and upper respiratory infections – which all scored above 90 on the index.
However, the country is performing below par, with an index score of 25, in areas such as tuberculosis, lower respiratory infections and non-melanoma skin cancer.
Most of the countries that scored less than South Africa are war-stricken states, such as Somalia, Afghanistan and the Central African Republic.
The top three countries in healthcare quality are Andorra, Iceland and Switzerland.
Lancet states that health “quality” can be approximated by measuring mortality rates from causes that should not be fatal in the presence of effective medical care.