New Clinic opens in Cosmo City
A new primary healthcare clinic in Johannesburg’s Cosmo City will bring relief to working people around Cosmo City who can’t afford private health insurance but also don’t want to wait in long queues at the local clinic or to travel to the closest public hospitals which are at least 30 minutes away. The clinic also plans to support the re-engineering of primary healthcare in South Africa which includes driving down the costs of private healthcare.
The Esizayo Clinic has all the features of a modern facility and offers best-practice primary healthcare services as a doctor and nurse practice including medication at an affordable price. Launched today, the clinic is an initiative of health NGO Right to Care which has set up a new unit called Right Clinic to support the Department of Health in providing fee-for-service primary healthcare in communities where healthcare access is difficult. The Esizayo Clinic is for those who can afford to pay an affordable fee for healthcare without queuing.
Patients pay a fee which includes a consultation with a doctor or nurse, screening, testing and medication. Antiretrovirals and immunisation are extra, although Right Clinic is working to offer these at reduced prices. The clinic offers acute care, chronic care, treatment of minor ailments, mother and child healthcare and screening for conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, TB, HIV, sexually transmitted infections, cervical and prostate cancer.
Speaking at the Esizayo Clinic launch, MEC for Gauteng Health, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa said, “The clinic at the multipurpose centre in Cosmo City sees as many as 4 000 patients per month. The Cosmo City population of more than 70 000 is growing fast. Hence this clinic is much-needed here and will relieve the burden at nearby facilities.”
Professor Ian Sanne, CEO of Right to Care, comments: “We are focused on delivering the gold standard of primary healthcare at a reduced price and will use the Esizayo Clinic as a model for how to expand into communities which have insufficient healthcare access. The clinic is also a learning hub. We have partnered with the University of Witwatersrand’s Health Sciences Faculty which will incorporate the clinic into their teaching programmes.”
Prof Sanne added that, “The 2.2-hectare site may expand to accommodate a 16-room public primary healthcare facility, a 100-bed private hospital and shared services that include a maternity section, pharmacy, medication pick up point and 24-hour emergency room.”
Esizayo Clinic is located at corner Malibongwe Drive and Tennessee Avenue in Cosmo City