The appalling truth of avoidable deaths in SA, in black and white

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The appalling truth of avoidable deaths in SA, in black and white

Researchers say their work exposes ‘huge inequalities’ in health care across SA

Cape Town bureau chief

If you’re a white resident of the Western Cape, you have good reason to be apprehensive about National Health Insurance.

The opposite applies if you’re a black resident of KwaZulu-Natal or Mpumalanga, according to a new study revealing a gaping chasm in the quality of health care the two groups receive.

Ian Neethling, of the Medical Research Council, led an expert team that studied deaths that should not have occurred because patients had diseases that were amenable to treatment (“amenable mortality”)...

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