Netcare’s trading statement on Tuesday offers a glimpse into how the private hospital group handled the Covid-19 pandemic, especially how it reduced the number of days patients spent in intensive care. It also shows the brilliance that is SA’s health-care capability.

Netcare treated 11,913 Covid-19 patients with about 35%, or 4,169, needing intensive care. The average length of time in Netcare ICUs for a Covid-19 patient dropped from 17 to six days...

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