Prostatectomy cost in South Africa

Prostatectomy is the operation performed to remove the prostate gland along with its surrounding tissues.  

This generally involves the seminal vesicles plus some surrounding lymph nodes. The goal of this treatment is to treat prostate cancer but that is possible only if cancer has not spread further than the prostate.  

During Prostatectomy, the extracted prostate observed with a microscope to check whether prostate cancer reached the prostate’s edge or not. If it has reached the edges then it has probably spread further as well, and so additional treatments are required in this case.  

Ideal Candidate for Prostatectomy

Prostatectomy treatment is an ideal resolution for men below the age of 75 plus who have a life expectancy of at least a decade or more. These people can get the most out of the Prostatectomy. 

At first, the risk of cancer’s spread is confirmed with the help of the results of the PSA level and the biopsy report. For more detailed testing, CT scans, MRI scans, bone scans, and ultrasound can be performed. 

 If the test reveals that cancer has not spread further than the surgeon might recommend other treatment options which include hormone therapy or radiation therapy, etc.  

Factors affecting the cost of Prostatectomy

Similar to the cost of other surgical treatments for cancer, the prostatectomy cost also varies from patient to patient depending on the severity and spread of cancer. 

  • Stage of cancer
  • Size of the tumor
  • Multiple body scans
  • Hospital and amenities cost
  • Others, such as accommodation, traveling, etc.

Hence there is an estimated range for the cost which is from $10,100 to $135,000 in the United States.

Treatment and Cost

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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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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 5820 - 6790

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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 5700 - 6950

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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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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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USD 7180 - 8240

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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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USD 7440 - 8000

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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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USD 7560 - 8280

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Apollo Spectra Hospital located in Pune, India is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Present in a 30000 sq. ft. area
  • 5 beds are for critical care
  • 5 ultra-modern modular OTs
  • World class rehabilitation center
  • In-house pharmacy
  • Beautifully designed In-patients waiting area
  • 80 plus healthcare professionals which also includes 45 specialist consultants

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USD 5500 - 6840

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Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital located in New Delhi, India is accredited by NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 50-bed facility with 12 high-end modular operation theatres
  • High-tech observation unit, 72 critical care beds
  • 18 HDU beds for patients
  • Dedicated endoscopy unit, and advanced dialysis units
  • Tertiary care hospital that is equipped with 256 Slice CT Angio, 3.0 Tesla digital broadband MRI,
  • Cath Lab with electrophysiology navigation, a ?at panel C-Arm detector
  • Da Vinci Xi Robotic System
  • GE Lightspeed 16-slice CT scanners
  • Interventional Radiology Suite, X-rays
  • Novalis Tx-a highly powerful radiosurgery system, which offers a combination of advanced technology for the treatment of tumours and other body parts
  • Allegretto Wave Eye-Q excimer laser, which uses technical innovations to get laser vision correction, with excellent clinical results
  • Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Bi-Plane Digital Cathlab for producing high-resolution 3D images of blood vessels in the brain
  • Offers services in medical disciplines of Cardiac Sciences, Neurology, Paediatrics, Orthopaedics, Urology, Obstetrics, and Gynaecology
  • Over 300 leading specialists, strong nursing staff, state-of-the-art innovative medical tools
  • A hub for complex procedures such as heart surgeries, orthopaedic surgeries, neurovascular intervention, targeted cancer treatments, liver & kidney transplant, and fertility treatments.
  • Interpreter Facility
  • Stay and Food Arrangement
  • Visa and Travel Arrangement
  • 3D (4D) imaging and Pure wave x Matrix technology
  • Live 3D TEE
  • 20-Inch high resolution articulating flat panel display
  • Automated Stress Echo
  • Premium Image Quality
  • Full Doppler functions

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USD 5710 - 6770

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Aster CMI Hospital located in Bengaluru, India is accredited by JCI, NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Around 500 bed capacity
  • Primary care to Quaternary care services
  • Outpatient and inpatient departments
  • Day care center for small children
  • Availability of Surgical suites
  • Intensive Care Units
  • 24-hour Emergency and Trauma Care
  • Emergency Unit especially for children
  • Newly launched the Lung and Heart Transplant Centre
  • Video Consultation with doctors available on GraphMyHealth
  • A specialised Aster Center of Excellence for Women & Children
  • Latest Minimally Invasive Procedures being performed
  • Safe Interventional Procedures
  • Control of Infection protocols are strictly followed
  • Aster Holistic Collaborative Care: Aster Palliative Care for lowering suffering if critically ill patients, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Aster Wellness, Psychology, Chronic Pain Management, Nutrition & Dietetic, Podiatry Care etc.
  • 11 Centers of Excellence
  • An academics focus with BSc Program, MEM Program, Pediatric Fellowship Program
  • A streamlined International patient care center with dedicated services and technology enabled processes

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USD 6270 - 7570

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

  • The number of beds in the hospital are 138 and Intensive Care beds are 23.
  • There are as many as 6.500 access points for a building control system.
  • There are 10 Operating theatres and more than 500 employees.
  • There are specific healthcare facilities in Acibadem Kadikoy Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey which have been established per integrated healthcare outreach such as Breast Health Center, Check-up Center, and Diabetes Clinic etc.
  • The hospital has the very best of Medical Technologies such as Flast CT, da Vinci robot, Magnetom Area MRI, Greenlight, Ortophos XG 3D and Full Body MRI, 4-Dimensional Breast Ultrasound, 3-Dimensional Tomosynthesis Digital Mammography.

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Apart from in-detail treatment procedures available, NMC Specialty Hospital Al Salam located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 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 is situated at a prime location with easy access from Mecca-Khurais Road and Al-Imam Shafi road
  • 100 Hospital Rooms
  • 25 Intensive Care Units with modern equipment
  • 24-hour Pharmacy
  • 24-hour Emergency Services
  • Laboratory

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Bellevue Medical Center located in Mansourieh, Lebanon is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • More than 130 bed capacity
  • Latest and most advanced healthcare equipment
  • Over a 100 surgeons and doctors
  • Centers of Excellence are Dialysis Center, Maternity Center, Musculoskeletal Center, and Spine Center.
  • Clinical Research focus towards treatment
  • Detailed International Patient Care services covering every aspect
  • Publications and Newsletters detailing hospital activities
  • Online wellness programs are conducted as well.
  • Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) to enable feedback from earlier patients and their families
  • Long list of outpatient clinics
  • Departments that make sure health is dealt with in a comprehensive manner in one place:
    • Clinical Laboratory
    • Blood Bank
    • Molecular Biology
    • Behavioural Health
    • Dietetics & Nutrition
    • EEG/EMG/Neurophysiology
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Geriatrics
    • Pathology
    • Pharmacy
    • Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation
    • Radiology & Imaging Services
  • Health Insurance partners association so as to make the treatment experience more affordable.
  • A number of additional patient services such as home lab services, cafeteria, spiritual and pastoral services, healing spaces, concierge services, medical library etc.

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About the Prostatectomy

The prostate gland is present below the urinary bladder in men. It surrounds the urethra and produces fluid that helps in the movement of the semen. Prostatectomy is a surgery that involves total or partial removal of the prostate gland. It is commonly performed as a part of treatment for prostate cancer.

Types of Prostatectomy

Radical prostatectomy: This surgery involves the removal of the entire prostate gland along with the surrounding lymph nodes. The surgical techniques used to conduct radical prostatectomy include the following:

  • Robot-assisted surgery: In this technique, several small incisions are made in the lower abdomen to remove the prostate gland.
  • Open surgery: In this technique, an incision is made in the lower abdomen between the anus and scrotum to remove the prostate gland.
  • Laparoscopic: In this technique, special surgical tools are inserted in the lower abdomen to remove the prostate gland.

Open simple prostatectomy: This surgical procedure involves removal of just the affected part of the prostate gland and is recommended for men with the cancerous prostate gland or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

Indications

  • Prostate cancer
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Bladder stones
  • Hematuria

How is Prostatectomy performed?

Usually, general anaesthetic is given before the start of the procedure to make you unconscious. A spinal anaesthesia or an epidural anaesthesia will also be given, which causes numbness in the lower part of the body. Heart rate, blood pressure, and blood oxygen levels will be continuously monitored.

In retropubic surgery, the incision is made from the belly button to the pubic bone. In laparoscopic surgery, many small incisions are made through which a narrow tube (laparoscope) with a camera is inserted. The surgeon will see the internal structures on the monitor while performing the surgery. Robotic surgery is conducted in a few hospitals, where the surgical tools for the operation are used with the help of a robotic system. In perineal surgery, the incision is made in between the anus and the scrotum.

After making an incision, the prostate gland is removed and the incision is sutured. While removing the prostate gland, minor damage to the nerves is possible. The fluid is drained using a Jackson-Pratt drain. A catheter is inserted to drain the urine from the bladder.

The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels after radical prostatectomy are usually 0 after a month of the surgery. However, the PSA levels could be low in some patients even after the surgery. This is because some normal tissue is left behind even after the surgery.

Recovery from Prostatectomy

 

  • You will be moved from the operation theatre to the recovery room after the surgery.
  • Your physician monitors blood pressure, pulse rate, and respiratory rate and then shifts you to the general room.
  • Pain medications will be given to control the pain.
  • You will be allowed to do minimal exercises to increase the blood flow.
  • You will be discharged along with the catheter which will be in place for 5-10 days.  
  • You need to gradually increase your normal daily activity.
  • You can resume your sexual activity after 6-8 weeks of the procedure.
  • Driving should be avoided until your surgeon permits you.
  • If fever, redness, swelling, pain, and urinary incontinence are experienced then you should consult your physician.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the factors affecting the cost of Prostatectomy in South Africa?

Different hospitals have different pricing policy when it comes to the cost of Prostatectomy in South Africa. Some of the best hospitals for Prostatectomy offer a comprehensive package that covers the end-to-end expenses related to investigations and treatment of the patient. Typically, the package cost of Prostatectomy in South Africa includes the expenses related to the surgeon's fee, anesthesia, hospital, meals, nursing and ICU stay. Stay outside the package duration, post-operative complications and diagnosis of a new condition may further increase the Prostatectomy cost in South Africa.

Which are some of the best hospitals in South Africa for Prostatectomyt?

Prostatectomy in South Africa is offered by multiple hospitals across the country. Some of the best hospitals for Prostatectomy in South Africa include the following:

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

After Prostatectomy in South Africa, the patient is supposed to stay in guest house for another 21 days. This period is important to conduct all the follow-up tests to ensure that the surgery was successful and the patient can go back to the home country.

Which are some of the other popular destinations for Prostatectomy?

South Africa is considered to be one of the best places for Prostatectomy in the world. This is because of the availability of some of the best doctors, advanced medical technology and good hospital infrastructure. Some of the other popular destinations for Prostatectomy include the following:

CountryCost
CzechiaUSD 14500
IndiaUSD 3500
IsraelUSD 10000
LithuaniaUSD 4500
MalaysiaUSD 7000
SpainUSD 14800
ThailandUSD 17000
TunisiaUSD 5800
TurkeyUSD 5500
United Arab EmiratesUSD 14000
United KingdomUSD 20000
How much are the other expenses in South Africa apart from the cost of Prostatectomy?

There are certain expenses additional to the Prostatectomy cost that the patient may have to pay for. These are the chanrges for daily meals and hotel stay outside the hospital. The per day extra expenses in South Africa per person are about USD 50 per person.

Which are the best cities in South Africa for Prostatectomy Procedure?

Some of the cpopular cities in South Africa that offer Prostatectomy include the following:

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

The patient has to spend about 4 days in the hospital after Prostatectomy for proper recovery and to get clearance for discharge. The patient is subjected to several biochemistry and radiological scans to see that everything is okay and the recovery is on track. After making sure that patient is clinically stable, discharge is planned.

What is the average rating of Hospitals in South Africa offering Prostatectomy?

The average rating for Prostatectomy hospitals in South Africa is 2.9. Several parameters such as hospital infrastructure, pricing policy, quality of services, politeness of staff etc. contribute to the rating.

How many hospitals offer Prostatectomy in South Africa?

There are more than 3 hospitals that offer Prostatectomy in South Africa. These hospitals have propoer infrastructure as well as offer good quality of services when it comes to Prostatectomy Additionally, these hospitals are known to comply with the international standards as well as local legal requirements for the treatment of patients.

Who are the best doctors for Prostatectomy in South Africa?

Some of the best medical specialists for Prostatectomy in South Africa are:

  1. Dr. Nirasha Chiranjan
  2. Dr. Ronelle De Villiers
  3. Dr. Koos Bouwer
  4. Dr. Bernard Donde
  5. Dr. Omondi Ogude
  6. Dr. Sudeshen Naidoo
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FAQ's Related to South Africa

Which are the popular multispecialty hospital groups in South Africa?

South Africa has several top-quality hospitals, such as:

  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

These hospitals have taken the patient experience to the next level by ensuring the below things:

  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.

The government of South Africa has strict healthcare regulations in place which all hospitals need to follow to ensure quality treatment. The patient-centric hospitals are equipped with superior infrastructure, high-tech medical equipment, and highly trained and qualified doctors, providing a unique patient experience.

What healthcare accreditation standards are followed in South Africa?

The healthcare system in South Africa is accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI) and Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA). To ensure that integrated and coordinated care is provided, COHSASA develops as well as measures standards in all areas and departments of a healthcare facility. The SafeCare program launched by COHSASA, JCI, and SafeCare Foundation ensures the implementation of internationally recognized standards to improve health care delivery. Hospitals and clinics that initially and meet standards are awarded two-year accreditations and as the journey in excellence continues, awards of longer duration are given.

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 has become the epicenter of medical tourism because of several other reasons like advanced technology, several facilities provided by hospitals, doctors trained abroad, and a large pool of accredited hospitals. Liberal laws for the use of stem cells in South Africa have helped it attract a large number of medical tourists for advanced medical treatment. The patient-centric hospitals in South Africa help you with all kinds of organization and administrative tasks and provide a world-class patient experience through all-inclusive 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. Using a holistic approach, doctors have received worldwide recognition for delivering excellent results in dental procedures and fertility treatments. The high quality of doctors in the country is attributed to factors like their patient-centric approach, incorporation of the human touch in treatment, education at reputed colleges, and adherence to global standards.

How to obtain a medical visa in South Africa?

You can stay in South Africa for a period of 90 days under a medical visa. The extension of the stay period is decided by the High Commission.. Anyone willing to stay in the country for longer than 3 months needs to apply for a temporary residency permit. 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. Below documents are required for applying 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 at the majority of fertility clinics and you can opt for a surgical or non-surgical procedure, with quite low waiting times. Low-cost treatment, fast recovery, use of advanced medical technology, and highly trained doctors are some of the reasons for the popularity of these procedures.

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

Top destinations for medical tourism in South Africa are Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Durban. Cape Town a major tourist attraction that has a rich culture, world-class doctors, and modern health facilities. An efficient public transportation system, affordable accommodation, connectivity through airlines, and a wide range of food options are some of the reasons for the popularity of these cities among medical tourists. Johannesburg’s public and private healthcare industry coordinates with South Africa's medical schools to create internationally recognized medical specialists and the quality of medical care is on par with Great Britain.

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

Yes, you need to get vaccinated before travelling to South Africa. WHO and the National Travel Health Network and Centre have suggested the following vaccinations: Yellow fever, hepatitis A, rabies and tetanus, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera. Infants 6 to 11 months old travelling to the country should get 1 dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before travel. Typhoid vaccine is recommended for most travellers, especially those staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities or rural areas. Vaccination guidelines change with time, so keep yourself updated with the travel advisory released by the government. You can also check with doctors or hospitals in South Africa for the required vaccines.