Gauteng doctor reduces medical bills for many
DIEPSLOOT - A Gauteng-based doctor has come up with a unique primary healthcare model that could reduce medical bills and cut down on queues.
It's based on the Indian healthcare approach and aims to provide affordable, quality medical care to underserviced areas.
The three-month-old Diepsloot facility charges a set fee of R250 which includes medication, antenatal sonar, ECG and various blood tests.
Dr Nthabiseng Legoete is self-funding the project.
She employs trained medical staff -- mostly from the surrounding Diepsloot area -- a move she says further cuts costs.
Based to a large extent on the Indian healthcare model, the clinic relies on technology to provide a paperless system.
It reduces the admin involved in a typical doctor-patient visit, to 20 to 30 minutes.
The clinic sees 60 to 100 patients daily and local and foreign investors are showing interest in expanding this idea to other parts of the country.