South Africa pushes hospital upgrade programme with 10% budget rise:
This article was originally published in Clinica
With a view to hastening its hospital revitalisation programme, South Africa has announced a Rand 200m (US$28.6m) increase in the programme's budget for 2007-08, bringing the total to Rand 1.9bn. The government wants to complete the programme before its 2015 scheduled deadline. Ongoing revitalisation projects number 46, including 30 that are "on site" and 16 that are in the planning stages. Hospitals on which completion works will be conducted this year are: Mamelodi Hospital (Gauteng); Worcester Hospital (Western Cape); Rietvlei Hospital (KwaZulu-Natal); and Barkley West Hospital (Northern Cape). The total healthcare budget for the year is Rand 59.2bn (3.05% of GDP). Also up are the budgets for HIV/AIDS: Rand 1.9bn (by Rand 300m); and for national tertiary services: Rand 5.3bn (by Rand 100m).