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 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
Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital
Address: 6 Jubilee Road, Parktown
Address: 22 Bonanza St, Selby
►For more in-depth information on the national healthcare system, see Healthcare in South Africa
"Private hospitals are excellent and on or above European standards. I had to visit our local hospital a few times and the treatment was an extremely positive experience, and the friendliness and efficiency of all the staff was amazing. You have a problem if you have to use public healthcare though." Read more about German expat Arnd's experience in Johannesburg.
"I find South African healthcare to be excellent, convenient, and affordable. You can walk into a private medical clinic and get an appointment quickly, for much less money than in the United States." Heather shares her healthcare experiences in South Africa.
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