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Understanding South Africa's Regional Healthcare Markets

Published 14 March 2014

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Understanding South Africa's Regional Healthcare Markets

BMI View: Th e majority of the South African population reside s in the north east and south w est parts of the country. While the number of hospitals in each province tends to be roughly proportional to regional population figures , the degree of public and private healthcare provision varies depending on a province 's level of economic development (gross state product per capita) and , to some extent, the burden of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases . This report gives a picture of healthcare trends and forecasts within South Africa ' s nine provinces.

More than half of South Africa's population resides within the north east provinces of Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal and the coastal province of the Eastern Cape. As such these regions have the largest number of hospitals, a pattern we observe across the country. Gauteng is the most densely populated province, and as the business hub of the country, boasts the highest absolute and per capita gross state product. Gauteng is bordered by provinces whose economies are weaker and are driven by agriculture and mining, and tends to attract those seeking commercial employment opportunities and higher incomes. Healthcare infrastructure is highly concentrated in this densely populated area and, correspondingly, the increase in population and the rise in incomes have made the private sector viable, providing some relief to public sector hospitals. Meanwhile, in the south west of the country the Western Cape follows in second place as the next wealthiest province. Although attractive, it does not attract as much inward migration, as it is bordered by the sparsely populated Northern Cape and the economically underdeveloped Eastern Cape.

We note that government healthcare expenditure is likely to be highest in the Eastern Cape, where hospital provision is greatest and personal spending power lowest. On the other hand, government provision for healthcare is somewhat lacking in the wealthiest...

Espicom’s Understanding South Africa's Regional Healthcare Markets Report allows you to explore South Africa’s regional markets by giving you a practical evaluation of opportunity and risk at the under-appreciated sub-national level.

Rich in statistics, charts and maps, this is the one report you need to fully appreciate the South Africa’s diverse regional health environments in the context of neighbouring provinces/states/territories and the national picture.

Written in association with Business Monitor International, this unique report uses data sourced in-house, providing analysis and forecasts from our experts covering key areas such as:

  • Healthcare Expenditure
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Healthcare Personnel
  • Demographics
  • Economic Activity

Published by Espicom - experts in the pharmaceutical, medical devices and healthcare field for over 30 years, Espicom’s Understanding South Africa's Regional Healthcare Markets Report brings together a range of often difficult to source information in one single, convenient and comprehensive publication.

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