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SA’s top 20 private hospitals, ranked by Discovery Health patients based on their experiences, were announced on Monday.

The hospitals rated best in the survey for the large‚ medium and small categories respectively were: Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre in Durban‚ Gateway Private Hospital in Umhlanga and Cormed Clinic in Vanderbijlpark.

Adult members of Discovery Health were surveyed about their experience of care after discharge from hospital and 136 hospitals were ranked in the latest analysis.

The results of the third Discovery Health Patient Survey Score (PaSS) highlighted gaps in delivery‚ unnecessary costs and other areas for improvement.

But private hospitals were increasingly meeting patient expectations and needs‚ this survey found.

Discovery Health’s head of quality of care, Dr Roshini Moodley Naidoo, said: "Since publication of the survey scores‚ we are observing positive changes in how care is experienced by patients."

The survey covers questions across categories such as pain management and how healthcare providers communicate.

The age and gender of patients‚ and nature of illness‚ are taken into account to make the comparisons fair.

Discovery Health reported that patients who were well prepared for discharge had better health outcomes and were at lower risk of repeat admissions.

"The top-20 hospitals must be commended for building a more patient-centred healthcare system‚ which understands and responds quickly to patients’ needs‚ and involves patients and their families in care decisions‚" said Moodley Naidoo.

The PaSS Top 20 hospitals in 2016‚ across all size categories‚ are:

• Cormed Clinic;

• Ethekwini Hospital And Heart Centre (top-20 hospital over three consecutive years);

• Gateway Private Hospital;

• Hillcrest Private Hospital (top-20 hospital over three consecutive years);

• Life Bay View Private Hospital;

• Life Rosepark Hospital;

• Lowveld Hospital (top-20 hospital over three consecutive years)

• Mediclinic Cape Gate;

• Mediclinic Ermelo;

• Mediclinic George

• Mediclinic Hoogland;

• Mediclinic Louis Leipoldt;

• Mediclinic Milnerton (top-20 hospital over three consecutive years);

• Mediclinic Panorama (top-20 hospital over three consecutive years);

• Mediclinic Stellenbosch (top 20 hospital over three consecutive years);

• Midvaal Private Hospital (top-20 hospital over three consecutive years);

• Netcare Jakaranda Hospital;

• Netcare N1 City Hospital;

• Wilmed Park Private Hospital (top-20 hospital over three consecutive years); and

• Zuid-Afrikaans Hospital (top-20 hospital over three consecutive years).

The PaSS top hospitals in 2016‚ by size category‚ are listed below (alphabetically):

Large hospitals:

• Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre;

• Hillcrest Private Hospital;

• Life Rosepark Hospital;

• Mediclinic Panorama;

• Netcare N1 City Hospital;

• Medium-sized hospitals;

• Gateway Private Hospital;

• Jakaranda Hospital;

• Mediclinic Hoogland;

• Mediclinic Stellenbosch; and

• Zuid-Afrikaans Hospital.

Small hospitals:

• Cormed Clinic;

• Lowveld Hospital;

• Mediclinic Ermelo; and

• Midvaal Private Hospital.

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