With an overstretched and underfunded public healthcare system, the majority of people in Johannesburg who can afford it opt for private care. Costs can be high, however, so it’s essential for expats in the city to get medical aid cover or to negotiate a provision for health insurance in their employment contract.
Private healthcare in Johannesburg is of a world-class standard. Those with the means to pay or with adequate insurance have access to private hospitals with 24/7 emergency ambulance services as well as highly trained specialists. Private hospitals also afford a level of comfort and privacy.
For check-ups and minor problems such as colds and flu, South Africans visit a general practitioner.
Below is a list of recommended private hospitals in Johannesburg.
Private hospitals in Johannesburg
Centre of Advanced Medicine
Address: 13 Scott Street, Waverley
Genesis Maternity Clinic
Address: 5 Northwold Drive, Saxonwold
Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital
Address: 6 Jubilee Road, Parktown
►For more in-depth information on the national healthcare system, see Healthcare in South Africa
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