From 1 July, residents would have to pay 4.9% more for provincial hospitals, mortuaries, and ambulance services.
The Provincial legislature approved the new tariff hike for public health services on Monday, 29 June 2020. This happened due to the latest surge in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said that the Economic Hub was becoming a COVID-19 hotspot.
“In approving these adjustments, the committee took into consideration the current unfavorable economic environment brought about by COVID-19 and its impact on ordinary citizens as well as the need for the provincial government to generate revenue in order to strengthen its capacity to provide much-needed healthcare services,” said committee chairperson Dulton Adams.
These fee adjustments would not affect any persons receiving social grants, pregnant women, or children under six. According to Adams foreign nationals would still be expected to pay.
“In terms of the approved regulations, all foreign nationals are classified as full-paying patients except refugees with valid documents,” he said.
The committee said the tariff hike would ensure the provincial health system could handle the demand of the looming COVID-19 spike.