Doctors, never more necessary than now, are facing a financial crunch
Since April many private practitioners, some of whom have high equipment and overhead costs, haven’t been earning enough to cover their expenses because patients have tended to postpone appointments out of fear of catching Covid-19
Private doctors are not earning enough to make ends meet, as Covid-19 has brought about a reduction in regular patient numbers. This has led to some of them opting for early retirement, even as fears escalate about SA’s lack of medical expertise during a pandemic.
Patients are staying away from doctors and hospitals out of fear of contracting Covid-19, even though delaying needed medical care may prove worse for their health than the virus...