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Private doctors in dire financial straits

Specialists in the private sector have experience a drop in the number of patients requiring their services including elective surgeries. In Gauteng alone,  private practices have seen a 60% average decline in patient numbers during the hard lockdown whilst some specialists like Ophthalmologists, ENTs and dentists effectively shut down due to the high risk of infection in these specialties. As such the Private Healthcare Forum has drawn up a framework that could help the financial burden private doctors face and Dr Chris Archer, CEO of SAPPF stresses that the private sector is both ready and willing to participate in the required response.

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