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Posted by Anya
on 18 Mar 2020

Hi there, 

I'm an expat living in South Africa. I've lived here for the past five years and my kids were both born here. So, basically its home now. 

With coronavirus spreading, do you think it's possible that the public and or private hospitals would start prioritizing patients who are South African, leaving those of us who are not South Africans with a lower quality or medical care?

Things my husband and I are thinking through to determine if I should return to my home country for the time being, although my family would not necessarily be able to accompany me.


Claire on 19 Mar 2020 - 06:29

Hi A,

The important thing in a time like now is not to panic. Where is your home country and what is the situation regarding coronavirus there? Choosing to go back is a judgement call to make on your part.

Even though you may not be a South African, you are a resident in South Africa. As such, the South African government has a duty to care for all the people residing in the country and prioritise based on need. Still, private healthcare options may be in your best interest. Have a look at our page on healthcare in South Africa.

Keep following the governmental updates and advice regarding healthcare and travel.

Take care,


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