The National Treasury has set aside an additional R23.7bn for health expenditure over the medium term, but the extra funds will do little to alleviate the pressure on provinces as their budgets shrink in real terms.

Treasury instituted unprecedented cuts to the health budget in 2021 as it sought to rein in government spending in the wake of the economic turmoil caused by the coronavirus crisis. Money was shaved from health’s compensation bill as well as conditional grants for HIV/Aids, hospital infrastructure and training...

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