South African Woman Shares She Paid R33k to Give Birth at Private Hospital Without Medical Aid, Peeps React

South African Woman Shares She Paid R33k to Give Birth at Private Hospital Without Medical Aid, Peeps React

  • A woman took to social media to share how much she had to pay to give birth at a private hospital
  • In the TikTok post, she showed the hospital room and revealed that it cost R33 000 for her birth and hospitalisation
  • Many could relate to her choice as South Africa's public healthcare and hospitals remain underfunded and poorly managed

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Medical aid is expensive these days, but having to fork out cash for private healthcare is even pricer.

Woman shares she paid R33K to give birth
A woman shared how much she had to pay to give birth at a private hospital. Image:@ayamaah.k/TikTok
Source: TikTok

One woman knows this all too well after sharing that she had to pay over R33 000 to give birth at a private hospital without medical aid.

A video posted by @ayamaah.k shows the hospital room the Johannesburg woman stayed in.

She captioned the post:

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"I’m talking doulas, nurses, midwives, OBGYN. I thank God I found this place."

The Department of Health administered healthcare in South Africa, however, Mzansi does not have a system of universal healthcare. Instead, it has two parallel systems. A private healthcare system and a public healthcare system operate in tandem with one another, International Citizen Insurance reports.

The majority of the public, up to 80% of the population, relies on the public system for their care. The public system is subsidised by the government. In general, it is underfunded and poorly managed. Hence, why many people who can afford to would rather opt for medical aid or to pay cash for a private hospital.

Netizens react to the private birthing hospital bill of R33 000

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South African netizens responded with their own experiences of private vs public healthcare and the related expenses.

Slie said:

"Please plug us, I’m being charged over 30k this side for only hospital excluding doctor fees and extra procedures and meds."

Thuli wrote:

"I really wanna save ne, but public hospitals stories give me the creeps."

taehyungieeee reacted:

R33k to give birth yohhh, is that expensive or cheap?"

Ntokozo Gcabashe replied:

"Guys, please search for natural birth clinics they usually range from 10 to 15k for your birth and Midwife. Plus they're super patient and informative."

AlwaysHungry commented:

"Home birth with granma free."

user953206237602 asked:

"Any plugs for Durban?"

She’s Mishka commented:

"My medical aid covered R170k for myself and my son. There was complications and he was in ICU for 7 days. I paid an admin fee of R1200."

New mom shares that it cost over R78k to give birth at a private hospital with no medical aid

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In another story, Briefly News reported that one Mzansi woman left netizens with their jaws dropped after sharing just how much she had to fork out financially to have her baby at a private hospital.

A video of the new mom was shared by Sesethu Halimana on Facebook and shows the woman going into detail about the hospitalisation and delivery costs of her birth, without medical aid.

According to the video, she chose to have a water birth at Genesis Maternity Clinic, which is a midwife-led hospital.

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