Despite being heroes on Covid front line, foreign doctors are left stranded
Supernumerary registrars struggle on with little or no pay and insurance, let alone support, study reveals
Healthcare workers are, without doubt, one of the hardest-hit groups since the start of the coronavirus outbreak in SA, with more than 4,000 in SA having tested positive for Covid-19 to date.
But for foreign doctor William Adams*, who works at a Cape Town public hospital, exposure to the pandemic is even more complex.
Despite working on the Covid-19 frontline, the young doctor, an international registrar at one of Cape Town’s medical schools, neither gets paid nor adequately covered by the government’s occupational and health insurance. Added to this, his private health insurance will not cover intensive care cost should he get infected and have Covid-19 complications, as it is a cheaper option and offers minimal benefits...