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Health Insurance in South Africa

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undefined  Introduction to life in South Africa

More expats are choosing South Africa thanks to the burgeoning career opportunities the country offers in addition to low living costs and access to a luxurious lifestyle. Expatriates moving to South Africa can look forward to experiencing the country's rich culture in a cosmopolitan environment and access to the country's world-renowned wildlife on your doorstep.

A shortage of skills in South Africa means that expat talent can easily find jobs in the country’s finance, education, engineering and management sectors.

South Africa is bordered by Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. It has nine provinces; Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Natal, Northern Cape, the North West and Western Cape. The two main cities that attract expats to South Africa are Johannesburg or Cape Town; each offering different qualities though both enjoying a warm, welcoming climate.

The country is currently home to over 200,000 British expats.

There is a vast gap between public and private health facilities in South Africa which makes a comprehensive health insurance plan essential if you’re moving to the country.

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Quality of Healthcare in South Africa

World class standards

Despite ongoing urban renewal; poverty, unemployment, poor social conditions and a lack of access to safe drinking water, sanitation and poor housing, as well as the rising HIV/AIDS epidemic, have a direct impact on South Africa’s medical provisions.

The public health system in South Africa is fragmented, but there are fortunately private health facilities in South Africa that meet world class standards.

There are over 200 private hospitals in South Africa, spread across the country’s diverse geography. 

Johannesburg is South Africa’s economic hub and hosts the best of the state’s hospitals and clinics, many of which are world class. Excellent dental care is also available.

Before you go:

Expat moving to South Africa should get routine vaccinations against cholera, hepatitis A and B, rabies and typhoid.