Pacemaker Implantation Surgery cost in South Africa

Treatment and Cost

14

Total Days
In Country
  • 3 Day in Hospital
  • 2 No. Travelers
  • 11 Days Outside Hospital

Treatment cost starts from

USD 12500

3 Hospitals


Apart from in-detail treatment procedures available, Lenmed Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital located in Johannesburg, South Africa has a wide variety of facilities available for International Patients. Some of the facilities which are provided by them are Accommodation, Airport Transfer, Choice of Meals, Interpreter, SIM, TV inside room. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 254 bed capacity
  • 24 Hour Emergency section
  • Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory
  • Clinical Trial Centre
  • Sports Medicine Centre
  • Centre of Excellence for Strokes
  • 24 hour trauma and emergency
  • Many medical specialties
  • Option of Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery in Gynaecology, Urology and General Surgery
  • Patient shuttle facility
  • International patient coordinators

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Apart from in-detail treatment procedures available, Life Kingsbury Hospital located in Cape Town, South Africa has a wide variety of facilities available for International Patients. Some of the facilities which are provided by them are Accommodation, Airport Transfer, Choice of Meals, Interpreter, SIM, TV inside room. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • The hospital has the capacity of 226 beds
  • 11 Operating rooms
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • General ward, Paediatric ward and Maternity ward
  • Accident & Emergency Unit with a Doctor on-duty 24*7
  • Free Advanced Life Support Paramedic Response Vehicle, which cannot be considered as an Ambulance as it is not responsible for patients transfer. It is to stabilize a patient whilst an ambulance is dispatched


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Apart from in-detail treatment procedures available, Lenmed Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre located in Durban, South Africa has a wide variety of facilities available for International Patients. Some of the facilities which are provided by them are Accommodation, Airport Transfer, Choice of Meals, Interpreter, SIM, TV inside room. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 377 bed capacity
  • 24 hour accident and emergency unit
  • Heart, lung and kidney transplants available
  • Pediatric Cardiac Surgery services
  • Cardiac Centre of Excellence for Adult & Paediatric Cardiac Surgery
  • Two Cardiac Catheterisation Labs
  • Cardiac Theatre
  • 7 Major Operating Theatres
  • 42 Bed ICU
  • Neuro Operating Theatre
  • Stroke Centre of Excellence
  • Renal Centre of Excellence
  • 24/7 Emergency unit
  • Transplant Program
  • Pharmacy and Prayer Facility

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Sharda Hospital located in Greater Noida, India is accredited by ISO, NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • The hospital is equipped with the best of technologically advanced equipment.
  • Sharda Hospital, Delhi has a bed capacity of 900.
  • There are as many as 90 beds in the critical care section.
  • The critical care facilities are present for general medicine, Pulmonology, Surgery, Paediatrics, Neonatology, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic surgery and Neurosciences.
  • There are Centers of Excellence such as Institute of Child Care, Institute of Dental Sciences, Institute of Orthopedic & Spine,Institute of Neuro Sciences, Institute of Minimal Access Surgery etc.
  • Virtual consultations in the form of Telemedicine and Teleradiology are a reality at an advanced hospital such as Sharda Hospital.
  • There is also a Tele ICU facility that ensures that a virtual ICU is a functioning system. It is aided with audio visual communication systems, latest computers, a team which is networking and a physically present ICU team.
  • 24/7 Emergency care available aided with buses as well as ambulances.
  • Exceptional International patient care coordination is available throughout the system helping patients with transfer, travel, treatments.

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USD 4170 - 5100

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Fortis Malar Hospital located in Chennai, India is accredited by ISO, NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Fortis Malar Hospital has outstanding healthcare infrastructure and it is equipped with the latest cutting edge equipment.
  • The hospital has around 650 employees in addition to the 160 consultants.
  • The bed capacity of the Fortis Malar Hospital is 180.
  • There are as many as 60 ICU beds in the hospital.
  • There are 4 modern fully equipped operation theatres.
  • It also has a digital flat panel Cath lab.

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USD 4290 - 5390

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Jaypee Hospital located in Noida, India is accredited by ISO, NABH, NABL. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 525 beds in the first phase
  • 150 Critical Care beds
  • 325 ward beds with Suite, Deluxe, Twin Sharing, and Economy options
  • 18 Modular OTs
  • 4 Cardiac Catheterization Lab with unqie Hybrid Operating Room
  • 24 bedded Advanced Neonatal ICUs20 bedded Dialysis Units
  • 2 Linear Accelerator (IMRT, VMAT, I
  • GRT), Wide Bore CT Simulator, one Brachytherapy Suite
  • True Beam STx Linear Accelerator
  • 2 MRI (3.0 Tesla) with High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound
  • 64 Slice PET CT, Gamma Camera, Dual Head 6 Slice SPECT CT
  • 256 Slice CT Scan, CT Simulation
  • Amongst the few GOLD LEED-certified hospital buildings in India
  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Flow motion 64 Slice PET CT technology
  • Pick and drop facility from/to the Airport
  • Foreign exchange facility
  • Treatment packages
  • Visa assistance
  • Admission in the hospital
  • Wi-Fi/internet service in the room
  • Travel arrangement for patient & attendant after discharge
  • Tele-consults after discharge
  • Dedicated Guest House for International Patients maintained by Jaypee Hospital
  • In-house translators for patient’s comfort
  • Assistance in getting doctor’s opinion
  • Registration with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office
  • Accommodation arrangements after discharge
  • Accommodation arrangement for the accompanying attendant
  • Customized diet for patient and attendant
  • Laundry services
  • Prayer room
  • Dialysis facility for 60 patients
  • Cadaver organs
  • Blood bank facilities
  • Advanced Laboratory facilities
  • Diagnostic and Radiology facilities
  • High-end Ultrasound facilities

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USD 4360 - 5380

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Seven Hills Hospital located in Mumbai, India is accredited by JCI, NABH, NABL. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • It is spread over an area of 17 acres.
  • There is also an academic institute with research facilities.
  • SevenHills Hospital has excellent diagnostic services including a laboratory and a provision for various tests.
  • Given that their are specific departments for various kinds of diagnostsic. Tests like PET Scan, MRI, CT scan and biopsies are completed regularly.
  • Biochemistry, Hematology, Microbiology are some of the important diagnostic departments.
  • Endoscopies as well as non-invasive procedures are done through their respective departments.
  • Day care specialty services are available for those kinds of requirements.
  • Health Check up packages are also present as are the collaborations with many insurance organisations.
  • There are professionally managed in-patient and out-patient facilities.
  • There are more than 30 super specialties in Seven Hills Hospital Mumbai.
  • There are also Centres of Excellence in Cardiac Care, Neurosciences, Bone & Joint Care, Cancer Care, Nephrology and Cosmetic Dermatology.
  • International patient care services are also implemented for the best assistance to overseas patients.

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USD 4230 - 5080

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Wockhardt Hospital, Umrao located in Thane, India is accredited by NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • A 14 story building houses this hospital and it has a 350 beds capacity.
  • The hospital has a day care unit, dialysis unit, and digital documentation facility.
  • Treatment packages are available at the hospital as are Diagnostic and therapeutic services.
  • High end diagnostic services, 9 operation theatres and ICU facilities (24/7) are present.
  • Nephrology, Urology, Oncology, Orthopaedics, Cardiology, and Neurology departments in the hospital are worth a mention.
  • Minimal access surgery as well as Emergency & Trauma Surgery services are present in Wockhardt Umrao.
  • Comprehensive health check up option is available at Wockhardt Umrao.
  • It has all kinds of International patient care services including assistance for travel, transfer, accommodation and interpreters.

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USD 4390 - 5150

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Aster DM Healthcare located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Aster Hospital Dubai has 114 bed capacity
  • Comprehensively fitted operating theaters are 5 in number
  • Intensive Care Units (ICU) are also 5 in number and they also include an Isolation unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit bed capacity is 8 with an Isolation unit present
  • Three kinds of rooms for all requirements such as twin sharing rooms, single rooms and VIP rooms
  • Mother and child friendly hospital with Labor room, delivery suites, and a Nursery
  • Unit dedicated to Day Surgery
  • Fully equipped Dialysis Unit

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Asan Medical Centre located in Seoul, South Korea is accredited by ISO. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 524,700 square meters is the floor area of Asan Medical Centre
  • Number of beds is 2,715
  • 67 operating rooms
  • 11,680 outpatients
  • Everday 2,427 inpatients come to the Centre
  • 66,838 Sophisticated surgeries (per year)
  • 1,600 physicians and surgeons
  • 3,100 nurses
  • Five various types of rooms ranging from suites to multi-bed rooms

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Phyathai 2 International Hospital located in Bangkok, Thailand is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Fully equipped rooms are available for convenience of the patients- Gold B Room, Gold A Room, Pediatric Gold A, Platinum room, and Prestige ward
  • Nearby accommodations are also available- Abloom Service Apartments, Bangkok Patio, VIB Best Western Sanam Pao, VIC3 Hotel
  • Operating room
  • International Patient Medical Center to assist overseas patients

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Architecture of the Hospital designed as per the comfort of patients-

  • Consisting of 8 floors, 212 bed capacity
  • 75m2 suite rooms
  • 35 thousand m2 closed area
  • 7 operating rooms
  • 53 polyclinics
  • 54 Departments
  • Hotel-like patient rooms
  • Intensive care units consisting of 33 beds
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Center inside the hospital
  • PYXIS computerized medicine system working with fingerprint
  • Social waiting areas
  • Indoor and Outdoor Cafeterias & Restaurants

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Memorial Atasehir Hospital located in Istanbul, Turkey is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Covers an area of 22,000 sqm in the Anatolian side of Istanbul
  • The Hospital has comfortable patient rooms, designed while considering all the required needs of the patients
  • Capacity of 144 beds
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Emergency Department

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Medicana Bursa Hospital located in Bursa, Turkey is accredited by ISO, JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Covers an indoor area of 40,000 sqm
  • 22-storey building
  • Capacity of 300 beds (100 intensive care beds and 200 single rooms)
  • Intensive care units with general intensive care units (reanimation)
  • Operating rooms are available for all kinds of surgeries
  • Cardiovascular surgery ICU
  • Neonatal ICU (NICU)
  • Coronary ICU
  • Emergency room
  • Bursa Hospital provides a 5-star hotel comfort to its patients and their relatives
  • Cinema and Conference hall with Medical explanations
  • Rest areas
  • Cafeteria
  • Game and Hobby sections for children
  • Dining room (designed for 1000 employees)
  • Terrace Rest Area

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Apart from in-detail treatment procedures available, Herzliya Medical Center located in Herzliya, Israel has a wide variety of facilities available for International Patients. Some of the facilities which are provided by them are Accommodation, Airport Transfer, Interpreter, SIM, TV inside room. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 350+ leading doctors in senior positions working with the Hospital
  • Single & Double Standard Rooms
  • VIP Suites and Decor rooms
  • 20 Departments
  • 19 Outpatient Clinics
  • 12 Institutes
  • 4 hospitalization Offices
  • 7 Operating rooms
  • 2 Pharmacies
  • 12 VIP chambers
  • IVF Centre
  • Top specialties offered by the Hospital are- Hysterography, Eye Microsurgery, Ablation, Amniocentesis, Angiography, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Aorta Surgery, Arthroplasthy, Bone Marrow Biopsy, Brain Tumor Surgery, Breast Cancer, Breast Lift, etc.

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About the Pacemaker Implantation Surgery

How does a Pacemaker Implant work?

Pacemaker implantation is a common surgery and it significantly improves the quality of life led by the patient.  The blood-pumping organ, heart, is essentially made of a few groups of muscles. These muscles are controlled by electrical signals to ensure that the heart beats naturally and effectively to circulate blood to all parts of the body. When this electrical signal gets disrupted due to some reason, then an individual may experience tachycardia (where hear beats abnormally slow), heart block, arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), or a cardiac arrest (abrupt and sudden stopping of the heartbeat).

The contractions happen as a result of triggered electrical pulses generated by sinoatrial node or the SA node. It acts like a pacemaker of the heart. This electrical pulse is then sent to the atrioventricular node or the AV node for relaying the pulse to the ventricles. Pacemaker implantation is suggested when this electrical signaling network is disrupted.The faulty functioning of the natural pacemaker of the heart may lead to the following:

Sick sinus syndrome: It is characterized by a slow heartbeat (bradycardia) or fast heartbeat (tachycardia) or a combination of both. It can happen due to age, a previous history heart attack, and thyroid problem, too much of potassium accumulation in blood, heart surgery, or sleep apnea.

Heart Block

In this case, the impulse is either delayed or absent.

Cardiac arrest

The heart can stop beating. It may result because of the presence of coronary artery disease and muscle problems in the heart, which can happen after the age of 35.

Symptoms

Some of the symptoms observed in patients requiring pacemaker implantation are:

  • Bradycardia
  • Tachycardia
  • Uncontrollable fatigue
  • Dizziness experienced throughout the day
  • Shortness of breath
  • Acute chest pain
  • Palpitation and fluttering of the heart (arrhythmia)

What is a pacemaker implant?

A pacemaker implant is a small device that weighs around 20 g to 50 g and is the size of a matchbox. It has a pulse generator with a battery, a tiny computer circuit and a few wires called pacing leads. This system is attached to the heart and it emits signals through the wires. The pacing rate or the rate of electrical impulses can be adjusted as per the requirement of the body and be accordingly programmed. It can sense if a heartbeat is missed or if the heart is beating too slow. Accordingly, it starts sending a steady signal to normalize the beating of the heart. If the beats are normal, then it simply does not send any signal.

How is Pacemaker Implantation Surgery performed?

Insertion of a permanent pacemaker is a minimally invasive procedure. Access to heart chambers takes place as transvenous access to local anaesthesia.  The most common method is via the subclavian vein or the cephalic vein. In rare cases, it is through femoral vein or the internal jugular vein.  Either in an operating room or in a cardiac catheterization laboratory, the pacemaker implant procedure is performed.

In the infraclavicular region, the pacing generator is placed subcutaneously. Via thoracotomy, the pacemaker leads are implanted surgically. The pacing generator is then placed in the abdominal area. Either via left or right pectoral sites, single chamber and dual chamber insertion can be accomplished. The chest is then prepared. Sterile drapes are applied to the incision area to keep it as sterile as possible. Antibiotic prophylaxis is nowadays employed for the implantation. Preoperative antibiotic can reduce the chances of any infection by almost 80 percent. Cefazolin 1g is administered intravenously one hour prior to the procedure. Other antibiotics can be administered if the patient is allergic to cephalosporins, vancomycin, or penicillins.

The central vein is accessed percutaneously. Due to skeletal landmarks being deviated in some patients, there will be a need of fluoroscopic examination to reduce the time and complications in access. At the junction of first rib and the clavicle, the subclavian vein is typically accessed. For the confirmation of deep vein thrombosis, a phlebography is required for visualization of the vein.

Now a guide wire is advanced through the access needle and tip of the guide wire in placed in the right atrium or venacaval area under fluoroscopy. The guide wire is kept in place after the needle is withdrawn.  If required, a second guide wire is also placed. Double wire technique may be employed through a sheath which is then withdrawn. Two separate sheaths can be manoeuvred over the two guide wires. During the lead advancement, some friction can be felt.

An incision of one to two inches is made in the area of the infraclavicle, which is parallel to the middle third of the clavicle and a subcutaneous pocket is made with both sharp and blunt dissection. This is for the implantation of the pacemaker generator. In many cases, surgeons prefer the access later and pocket first.

A peel-like special sheath and dilator are advanced over the guide wire. The guide wire and dilator are withdrawn keeping the sheath in place. A stylet is then inserted in the center channel of the pacemaker lead making it more rigid.  This lead-stylet combination is then inserted into the sheath and advanced to the concerned heart chamber under fluoroscopy.  In order to prevent dislodgement, the ventricular lead is positioned before the atrial lead. For the positioning in the tricuspid valve, a small curve at the tip of the stylet make it more mobile to reach the right ventricular apex. The introducing sheath is peeled once the lead is secured. With a pacing system analyser, the lead impedances are measured after the pacing lead stylet is removed. To prevent diaphragmatic stimulation, the pacing is performed at 10V. 

After the confirmation of thresholds and lead position, the proximal end of the lead is secured to the pectoralis tissue with the help of a non-absorbable suture. This suture is sewn to a sleeve which is located on the lead. This is placed in the right atrium is a second lead is required.  For patients who have already had a cardiac surgery, the lead tip is positioned medially or in the free lateral wall of right atrium. Same process of stylet withdrawal is followed after this. After positioning and testing of leads, the pacemaker pocket is fed with antimicrobial solution and the pulse generator is connected to the leads. To prevent migration or twiddler syndrome, many surgeons secure the generator to the underlying tissue with non-absorbable suture.

Before final confirmation of lead positioning, a look is taken under the fluoroscope. With the help of adhesive strips and absorbable sutures, the incision is closed. A sterile dressing is then applied on the surface. To limit movement for 12 to 24 hours, an immobilizer or arm restraint is applied. The chances of pneumothorax are ruled out with the help of a postoperative chest radiograph.

Recovery from Pacemaker Implantation Surgery

Recovery post a successful Pacemaker Implantation

Usually, a patient is kept under observation for more than a day after the pacemaker implantation surgery. It takes around six weeks before the patient to get used to the implanted device. Heavy works must be avoided initially. One should ensure that the concerned arm is not rendered immobile during this time to prevent a frozen shoulder. A physiotherapist can exactly show the movements that you need to perform to keep your arm healthy. Carry the duly filled pacemaker implant card for emergency to avoid any unwanted situation.

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How much does Pacemaker Implantation Surgery cost in South Africa?

The cost of Pacemaker Implantation Surgery in South Africa starts from $12500. While there are wide range of hospitals offering Pacemaker Implantation Surgery, international patients should always seek COHSASA-Certified Hospitals in South Africa for the best results.

What are the factors affecting the cost of Pacemaker Implantation Surgery in South Africa?

The Pacemaker Implantation Surgery package cost in South Africa varies from one hospital to another and may offer different benefits. There are many hospital that cover the cost of pre-surgical investigations of the patient in the treatment package. The Pacemaker Implantation Surgery procedure in South Africa includes the fees of the surgeon, hospitalization and anesthesia as well. Post-surgical complications, new findings and delayed recovery may have an impact on the total Pacemaker Implantation Surgery cost in South Africa.

Which are some of the best hospitals in South Africa for Pacemaker Implantation Surgeryt?

There are many hospitals that perform Pacemaker Implantation Surgery in South Africa. For quick reference, the following are some of the leading hospitals for Pacemaker Implantation Surgery in South Africa:

  1. Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital
  2. Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre
  3. Life Kingsbury Hospital
How many days does it take to recover post Pacemaker Implantation Surgery in South Africa?

After Pacemaker Implantation Surgery in South Africa, the patient is supposed to stay in guest house for another 14 days. During this time, the patient undergoes medical tests and consultations. this is to ensure that the treatment was successful and the patient us safe to return.

Which are some of the other popular destinations for Pacemaker Implantation Surgery?

One of the topmost destinations for Pacemaker Implantation Surgery is South Africa. It has a variety of accredited hospital, affordable cost of treatment and some of the best medical fraternity. Some of the other destinations that are popular for Pacemaker Implantation Surgery include the following:

CountryCost
CzechiaUSD 6000
IndiaUSD 4500
IsraelUSD 12500
LithuaniaUSD 11500
MalaysiaUSD 7500
PolandUSD 5000
South AfricaUSD 12500
ThailandUSD 14500
TunisiaUSD 3600
TurkeyUSD 9000
United Arab EmiratesUSD 6000
How much are the other expenses in South Africa apart from the cost of Pacemaker Implantation Surgery?

There are certain additional cost that the patient has to pay apart from the Pacemaker Implantation Surgery cost. The extra charges may start from USD 50 per person.

Which are the best cities in South Africa for Pacemaker Implantation Surgery Procedure?

Some of the best cities in South Africa which offer Pacemaker Implantation Surgery are:

  1. Cape Town
  2. Johannesburg
  3. Durban
  4. Lenasia
How many days does one have to spend in the hospital for Pacemaker Implantation Surgery in South Africa?

After Pacemaker Implantation Surgery, the patient is supposed to stay for about 3 days in the hospital for recovery and monitoring. This phase is important to ensure that the patient is recovering well and is clinically stable. During this time, several tests are performed before the patient is deemed suitable for discharge.

What is the average rating of Hospitals in South Africa offering Pacemaker Implantation Surgery?

The average rating for Pacemaker Implantation Surgery hospitals in South Africa is 2.9. This rating is automatically calculated on the basis of several parameters such as the infrastructure of the hospital, quality of services, nursing support and other services.

How many hospitals offer Pacemaker Implantation Surgery in South Africa?

There are more than 3 hospitals that offer Pacemaker Implantation Surgery in South Africa. The above mentioned clinics have the required infrastructure and a dedicated unit where patients can be treated. Also, these hospitals follow the necessary guidelines as required by the medical associations for the treatment of Pacemaker Implantation Surgery patients.

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FAQ's Related to South Africa

Which are the popular multispecialty hospital groups in South Africa?

The popular multispecialty hospital groups in South Africa are:

  1. Ahmed Al-Kadi Private Hospital
  2. Busamed Hillcrest Private Hospital
  3. Busamed Gateway Private Hospital
  4. Busamed Modderfontein Private Hospital
  5. Busamed Lowveld Hospital
  6. Lenmed Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre
  7. Busamed Paardevlei Private Hospital
  8. Life Bay View Private Hospital
  9. Lenmed Shifa Hospital

Most of these hospitals have effectively met the below quality parameters:

  1. Providing clear information about medicines to patients
  2. Effective engagement between nursing staff/doctors and patients;
  3. Suitability of the hospital environment for meeting the needs of patients
  4. Effectively managing pain.

South Africa is known to have strict government regulations for controlling the quality of care provided by the government and private hospitals. Supported by state-of-art infrastructure, advanced medical equipment, and highly qualified doctors, the hospitals offer various facilities to improve the patient experience.

What healthcare accreditation standards are followed in South Africa?

In South Africa, the healthcare system is bound to follow standards set by the Joint Commission International (JCI) and Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA). COHSASA develops and evaluates standards in all areas and departments of a healthcare facility in order to make sure that integrated and coordinated care is provided. SafeCare program has been introduced by COHSASA, JCI, and SafeCare Foundation to use internationally recognized standards to improve health care delivery. Initially, a two-year accreditation is awarded to hospitals and clinics that adhere to standards and the period can be extended if the hospitals continue to deliver expected quality care.

Why should I opt for healthcare in South Africa?

Affordable healthcare and superior infrastructure are the main reasons for the popularity of South Africa in the medical tourism sector. South Africa’s growing popularity in medical tourism is also attributed to factors like a large pool of accredited hospitals, advanced technology, world-class facilities provided by hospitals, global exposure of doctors. South Africa has also liberal laws for the application of stem cells in medical practice, making the country a leading destination for patients who need advanced medical treatment. The hospitals in South Africa aim to destress your medical holiday by dealing with all of the organization and administrative tasks, as well as provide intensive care and assistance on a 24/7 basis.

How is the quality of doctors in South Africa?

With quality at their core, the well-trained and highly qualified doctors in South Africa provide world-class treatment. Most of the doctors in South Africa are trained in foreign countries like Cuba and Australia which orientate them towards quality health care. Doctors in South Africa are known for their deep expertise in dental procedures and fertility treatments. South Africa has world-class doctors due to several reasons like their education at reputed colleges, adherence to global standards, patient-centric approach, and incorporation of the human touch in treatment.

How to obtain a medical visa in South Africa?

A person can apply for a medical visa to South Africa for a period of 90 days. The High Commission helps one decide for how long a visa can be extended. People need to apply for a temporary residency permit in case they have to stay in the country for more than three months. The validity of a visa starts the day it is granted by the High Commission and not on the date of departure. Also, visa applications will not be accepted more than 30 days prior to departure. You need to produce the below documents to apply for a medical visa:

  1. Passport
  2. Passport-sized photographs
  3. Online Application form
  4. Full return flight reservation
  5. Proof of stay in South Africa
  6. Signed official medical letter from medical institution
  7. Signed medical letter from a recognized local practitioner
What are the popular procedures available in South Africa?

South Africa is known to offer some procedures with high success rates, such as total knee replacement, meniscus repairs, hip replacement, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. South Africa has also gained popularity for delivering excellent results in cosmetic surgery and infertility treatment. Egg donation program is available in South Africa and it is even possible to select your donor, as well as gives you the option of having a surgical or non-surgical procedure, all with very low waiting times. The reasons for the popularity of these procedures are affordable treatment cost, speedy recovery, use of advanced technology, and highly trained doctors.

Which are the most popular cities in South Africa for medical treatment?

The top-ranked cities that are most preferred by medical tourists in South Africa are Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Durban. Cape Town, which attracts a wide variety of people from different ethnicity and cultures, has world-class doctors and state-of-the-art medical facilities. The reasons for the popularity of these cities are multiple food options, connectivity through airlines, and cheap accommodation. Johannesburg’s healthcare system is on par with Great Britain and the city’s public and private healthcare industry works closely with South Africa's medical schools to create internationally recognized medical specialists.

Is it mandatory to take vaccinations before going to South Africa?

Yes, vaccination is compulsory before visiting South Africa. The vaccines recommended by WHO and the National Travel Health Network and Centre are Rabies and tetanus, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, Yellow fever, hepatitis A. Make sure that infants of age 6 to 11 months get measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before they travel to South Africa. People staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities or rural areas should get typhoid vaccine. You need to keep yourself updated with vaccination guidelines issued by the government. Also, check with the doctor, the government authority, or hospitals in South Africa as to what vaccination should be taken.