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Expats will have a multitude of options when it comes to both public and private healthcare in Cape Town. However, with government hospitals being largely understaffed and underfunded, most expats use Cape Town's private healthcare facilities.
Basic consultations with general practitioners are generally affordable, but costs can quickly escalate with even the slightest complication. For this reason, it's highly recommended that expats take out private health insurance, which South Africans commonly refer to as 'medical aid'. An assortment of local and international service providers offer different schemes; some are completely comprehensive, while others provide basic hospital cover for emergencies.
Below is a list of recommended hospitals in Cape Town.
Private hospitals in Cape Town
Address: Burnham Road, Plumstead
Address: Corner Main & Keysers Road, Tokai
Netcare UCT Private Academic Hospital
Address: D18 Anzio Road, Observatory
Mediclinic Cape Town
Address: 21 Hof Street, Oranjezicht
►For more on the country's health system, see Healthcare in South Africa
"I've experienced both the public and private healthcare systems in South Africa. To be honest, the service I received at a public hospital was much better than in the private sector. I probably only have experience of one of the better public hospitals though, I've heard horror stories from other people. It’s probably a good idea to have private health insurance." Read more about Shantalie's experience of life in Cape Town.
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