Health care system

Treatment Monitor: Focus on Human Resources

With the advent of cheaper drugs, the debates on systems factors affecting HIV/AIDS care are increasingly shifting to questions of how HIV services can be staffed in low-income settings. These debates are informed by a rapidly worsening human resource crisis, which is driven by a brain drain from low-income countries, increasing morbidity and mortality among health workers and rapidly increasing service demands.

Struggle for the health of the nation will resume

HEALTH care in SA is a famously contested sphere, and this year is likely to see intense lobbying by diverse interest groups as the government continues to try to regulate their activities. Several important bills are due to go before Parliament, and key sections of other acts need to be brought into effect. The governments desire to make health care more affordable and narrow the gap between the services available to rich and poor drives much of the legislation that has been passed, or is in the pipeline.

South African Health Review 2007

Series Name: 
South African Health Review
Published by: 
Health Systems Trust

The Role of the Private Sector within the South African Health System
The South African Health Review (SAHR) is an annual publication of the Health Systems Trust (HST), which has been published since 1995. The SAHR seeks to provide a South African perspective on prevailing international public health issues, to stimulate debate and critical dialogue and to provide a platform for assessing progress in the health sector.

Full SAHR 2007

Contents and Acknowledgements

Oversight: Principles and Policy
1 Stewardship: Protecting the Public's Health
2 Health Policy and Legislation

Pooling of Resources and Purchasing of Health Care
3 Health Care Financing and Expenditure
4 Medical Schemes
5 Social or National Health Insurance
6 Health Information Systems in the Private Health Sector
7 Health and Health Care in the Workplace
8 Rationing of Medicines and Health Care Technology

Health Care Delivery
9 Human Resources for Health
10 Public-Private Partnerships:A Case Study of the Pelonomi and Universitas Hospital Co-Location Project
11 Private Hospitals
12 Traditional and Complementary Medicine
13 Economics of the Traditional Medicine Trade in South Africa
14 HIV and AIDS, STI and TB in the Private Sector

15 Health and Related Indicators


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Press Release

Towards a generic surveillance system to measure the impact of Community Health Worker programmes in South Africa: a comparison of paper-based and mobile/cell phone methods

Published by: 
Health Systems Trust

The emergence of Human Immune Virus (HIV) infections and the Acquired Immune Defi ciency Syndrome (AIDS) epidemic in South Africa accompanied by an upsurge in the number of reported tuberculosis (TB) cases has profoundly altered the nations disease profi le over the last fi fteen years. This resulted in a change in the presentation of health problems and a deterioration of health indicators, i.e. increased mortality- and morbidity rates, with a lowered life expectancy.

These are the drivers of our healthcare inflation

It seems you cannot open a newspaper or financial journal anywhere in the world without finding articles about the unacceptable cost of private healthcare, or the high rate of medical inflation. In South Africa, these articles are embedded with doom and gloom the very survival of the private healthcare system is called into question on a regular occasion.

HST Conference 2007: About the Conference

Strengthening Health Systems in Southern Africa 1992-2007 - HST Conference Report 2007 (2008-05-16)

Since 1992, the Health Systems Trust (HST) has been contributing to the development of a comprehensive, equitable and effective national health system in South Africa. More recently HST has begun to work more widely within the SADC region. Core activities of HST are health systems research, health systems development, advocacy, capacity development and information dissemination.

Stretched health system leaves home care as only alternative

Facilities and staff are being stretched beyond capacity as Swaziland 's public healthcare system buckles under a surge of HIV/AIDS patients, leaving many with home-based care (HBC) as the only alternative, says a new report.