Relevant practice area(s):Healthcare
Suggested audience knowledge level: Foundational
We investigate the maternity healthcare expenditure within the South African private healthcare sector, using data of a number of schemes in South Africa (making up approximately half the industry).
This issue is pertinent because the Caesarean section rate in the South African private sector is amongst the highest in the world.
Key areas of investigation are the relationships between maternity expenditure and delivery methods as well as the mothers antenatal expenditure.
An understanding of the nature of childbirth and delivery methods within the private healthcare system in South Africa and how this contrasts to international norms.
Consideration of the significant expenditure consumed by pregnancies and births in the South African private healthcare sector.
An understanding of cost implications for maternity expenditure of decisions made during the pregnancy and birth of the child.
An insight into how these issues relate to considerations around factors such as quality of care, medical indemnity insurance and managed care interventions.