Gauteng health forcing poor to pay - claim

Johannesburg - The Gauteng department of health is under fire for allegedly privatising healthcare at hospitals at the expense of the poor, it was reported on Friday.

The Times reported that elderly patients, who are legally allowed free spectacles, are being forced to pay a private company contracted by the department and also have to pay for eye tests.

Patients at an East Rand hospital said after a hospital optometrist had prescribed spectacles, they were given a form that instructed them to deposit almost R500 into the company's bank account.

The provincial health department said it would investigate the claims.

Just days ago, Gauteng’s health MEC, Qedani Mahlangu, criticised public servants at clinics on the East Rand for alleged slow service delivery and neglect.

Mahlangu said during a visit to local clinics that she would not hesitate to take action against nurses accused of neglecting patients, Eyewitness News reported.

Last month Mahlangu announced that the provincial department’s budget was R31.5bn, Sapa reported.

Jan Grimbeek 2014/08/15 09:47:10 AM
Please give the ("private") companies name that you are referring to !
John Greystoke 2014/08/15 09:56:54 AM
Very nice! Now we are steeling from the poor! Another good story to tell!
June Francis 2014/08/15 09:59:45 AM
MP's get houses and cars and travel and holidays for free but the poor must pau for healthcare.
Henry Collins 2014/08/15 10:02:21 AM
Shame on the ANC
Nhlapo Phoka Ngoana Mosotho 2014/08/15 10:10:43 AM
Which private company? Nkandla Medical Clinic or Zuma Medical Clinic?
Scrotie McBoogerballs McBoogerballs 2014/08/15 10:25:45 AM
Another ANC success story. Give the minister a bonus and a holiday for such excellent service delivery.....BANANA REPLUBLIC
Jamill Ahmed 2014/08/15 10:44:04 AM
Lol good one
Tsheko Machete 2014/08/15 10:48:19 AM
Our government is worse than ever.
Chris Felton 2014/08/15 10:54:21 AM
Given the demographics of Guateng, you will probably find that most people who can afford Health Care voted for a party that is not ANC. The poorest in the province probably voted ANC. Strange?, that they are the ones being robbed. Unfortunatly, you get what you voted for!
Ewald van den Heever 2014/08/15 11:18:56 AM
Whatever - Bad Service Delivery and Extortion, the new de facto standard in South Africa