Surgery of state patients in private hospitals – a free lunch?

Keywords surgery, state patients, private hospitals

Abstract

As the saying goes, ‘the best things in life are free’ but this is hardly true for orthopaedic surgery. Theatre nursing scrub staff shortages have led to prolonged turn-around times and resistance to starting cases after 15h00 in our state hospitals. This has negatively impacted productivity with surgical volume reduced by at least 25% on our elective lists this year. With the overwhelming demand due to failing services in some provinces and poor socioeconomic factors forcing more patients from private to state care, our elective waiting lists continue to grow.1

Author Biographies

M Held, University of Cape Town

MD, PhD, MMed Orth, FCOrthSA, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Groote Schuur Hospital & Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Orthopaedic Research Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa

M I Workman, University of Cape Town

FCOrthSA, MMed(Orth)(UCT), MBBCh(Wits), BSc(Physio), Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Groote Schuur Hospital & Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Orthopaedic Research Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa

J Le Roux, University of Cape Town

Orth; MMed; DA(SA); MBChB, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Groote Schuur Hospital & Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Orthopaedic Research Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa

M Nortje, University of Cape Town

MBChB, DipPEC, FCOrthSA, MMed(Orth)(UCT), Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Groote Schuur Hospital & Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Orthopaedic Research Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa

R Dunn, University of Cape Town

MBChB(UCT), MMed, FCS(SA)Orth, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Groote Schuur Hospital & Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Orthopaedic Research Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Published
2020-03-16
How to Cite
HELD, M et al. Surgery of state patients in private hospitals – a free lunch?. South African Orthopaedic Journal, [S.l.], v. 19, n. 1, p. 10-11, mar. 2020. ISSN 2309-8309. Available at: <http://journal.saoa.org.za/index.php/saoj/article/view/364>. Date accessed: 05 apr. 2020.
Section
Editorial

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