Going to the doctor in a new country can feel a bit daunting. You may not be sure who you should see for what and how payment is handled, and this might make you put off important decisions on which providers your family should see.
Most South Africans consider their public healthcare system a disgrace. In theory, everyone has access to state hospitals and health centers for emergencies and routine doctor’s visits as well as the dispensation of medicine, all for free or a relatively small fee. But due to understaffing, a shortage of skills, a lack of supplies, and frequent strikes, service is often bad and unreliable. For expats moving to South Africa this means that you will want to visit private hospitals and doctors for your medical needs, much like South Africans of middle to upper incomes do.