Private Cape Town hospitals offer modern facilities and are well equipped. They have motivated and well trained health care practitioners, nurses and doctors. The public hospitals often show a different picture due to lack of funds and lack of motivated or well trained staff. Remember to take out comprehensive private health insurance for your stay in Cape Town, as you want to be able to get the best help available in case of an emergency.
The private Cape Town hospitals often have adjoining medical centers where the specialists have their private practices. The big advantage here is that referrals are usually dealt with quickly and you will not have to wait long for an appointment if you have to see another specialist. You can also just pop in at the private hospital's Radiology Departments to have your radiology check done (chest X-ray) as required for long-term visa. Usually there is no appointment required (but best to ring ahead to find out about the best times to come in, so you will not have to wait) and these x-rays cost around R500.
The two largest private hospital groups in Cape Town are Netcare and Mediclinic. However, the newer hospital groups Melomed and Life Health offer private health services of an equally high standard. Please check out their websites for more info about hospital facilities and to find a specialist doctor in Cape Town in your area and for your needs.
Cape Town Hospitals: Netcare
The Netcare hospitals group has got five affiliated hospitals in the Cape Town region. Check out the facilities and services the private Netcare Hospitals offer here. The Netcare hospitals are located in Blaauwberg, City Centre (Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital), N1 City/Goodwood, Kuils River.
Mediclinic operates several private hospitals in Cape Town and countrywide. They have modern facilities and specialist care facilities.
Further out of town, there are Mediclinics in Worcester, Paarl, Stellenbosch, Hermanus and other locations in the Western Cape. To find out more about the different hospitals and their facilities here. If you need a doctor or specialist check out the doctor search function here.
Life Healthcare is another one of the big private healthcare providers in South Africa, they have four Life Healthcare member hospitals in Cape Town:
Further afield there are Life Health West Coast in Vredenburg and two Life Healthcare centres in Mossel Bay and Knysna.
Melomed Private Hospitals are relatively new on the market. They currently have four private health care clinics and private Melomed hospitals:
Then there is to mention also the UCT Private Academic Hospital, which is located next to the Groote Schuur Hospital in Observatory. This private hospital was opened in 2002 and is incorporating since 2005 the facilities of the Southern Cross Hospital in Wynberg and offers now a brand new kidney and dialysis centre. Most of the doctors at this hospital are heads of department at the Medical School of the Univcersity of Cape Town and well-renowned specialits.
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