The health vote: how the parties compare


South Africans can attest to the grim consequences of regressive stances on issues of public health – The disastrous HIV/AIDS policies of Thabo Mbeki is said to have cost the lives of at least 400,000 South Africans. The real effect however, may never be known. And while the policies of the Jacob Zuma administration have been more progressive, with the overhaul of the health department being one of Zuma’s most apparent achievements during his term in office, the everyday experience of public health care in South Africa remains a struggle.

Overcrowded hospitals, overworked hospital staff, a perennial shortage of medicines are some of the challenges that riddle the public health system.

And yet health is not be the most pressing campaign issue during this election season. Issues like health seem to have been buried beneath an avalanche of rhetoric on jobs and Nkandla. But for the majority of South Africans who rely on public health services, the policies that govern public health are often the difference between life and death.

While there may not be much attention on the health policies of political parties right now, how parties approach health in South Africa remains crucial to driving South Africa forward.

SOUTH AFRICA VOTES 2014 takes a look at how some of the major parties in this election compare on their health policies.



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  1. Azapo’s position on Health

    Appoint appropriately qualified personnel at all management levels
    Guarantee access to healthcare, government will pay for all medical services
    Increase the geographical foot print of the public healthcare system, provide primary healthcare and emergency medical treatment
    Public healthcare facility that is able to provide secondary healthcare within a radius of 100km of rural towns
    Allow healthcare services to be rendered in both private and public institutions. However, payment through public coverage at private institutions will be pegged at the same level as that of public healthcare institutions
    Place special emphasis on primary healthcare as a first line of defence against diseases and illness
    Lower child and maternal mortality by supporting and increase training in specialised nursing particularly advance midwifery, child care and primary healthcare
    Ensure nursing colleges are able to offer the basic qualification needed to be a registered nurse
    Support and encourage careers in the healthcare
    Provide for a special bursary scheme for the training of doctors, nurse and all healthcare professionals
    Engage in bilateral agreement with other country that will see doctors coming to work in South Africa
    Improve the working conditions of health professionals
    Providing the necessary equipment and supplies
    Ensure health professionals are paid decent salaries
    Increase public awareness of lifestyle related, non-communicable diseases
    Combat and de-stigmatise HIV and AIDS
    Expanding the roll-out of antiretrovirals
    Public education on HIV and AIDS


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