Cape Town - The health department will get R145.7bn in
the 2014/15 budget.
Of this amount, R52.3bn is for district health services;
R26.7bn for provincial services; and, R24.3bn for central health services.
About R7.7bn is earmarked for spending on health
Tabling his budget in the National Assembly on Wednesday,
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said spending on healthcare had produced
"But the improvements to this country's health
system over the past five years are best seen in our rising life expectancy,
the reduction in infant, child and maternal mortality, and the changed lives of
2.5 million people who now have access to antiretrovirals."
He said R41bn had been spent on HIV/Aids programmes over
the past five years, and R43.5bn was budgeted for the next three.
"We have spent R38bn on 1 879 hospitals and other
health facility projects, and R26bn is allocated over the Medium-Term
Expenditure Framework period ahead."
A once-off allocation of R30m had been made for another
South African demographic health survey, which collected population-based
The survey is normally carried out every five years, but
has not been done since 2003/04.
According to the 2014 Estimates of National Expenditure,
tabled by Gordon, the spending focus over the medium term is on increasing life
expectancy and reducing the burden of disease.