KwaZulu-Natal Department Budget for 2015-16


The vision of the Department of Health is: A long and healthy life for all South Africans.


The department’s mission statement is: To develop a sustainable, co-ordinated, integrated and comprehensive health system at all levels of care, based on the primary health care approach through the district health system.

Core functions

The main purpose of the department is to develop and implement a sustainable, co-ordinated, integrated and comprehensive health system based on the primary health care approach, which encompasses promotive, curative, rehabilitative, supportive and palliative care. This is guided by the principles of accessibility, equity, quality and efficiency, sustainability, community participation, appropriate technology, and inter-governmental and inter-sectoral collaboration.

The department provides health services primarily to the uninsured population of KZN, who comprise about 86.6 per cent of the province’s total population of 10 694 400 (2014 Mid-Year Population Estimates, Stats SA). In addition, the department provides central health services to people beyond provincial boundaries. The following main categories of health services provided by the department are:

Primary health care services

Primary health care services are rendered at community/household level and in fixed clinics and include the promotion of health and prevention of illness, as well as curative and rehabilitative services.

Hospital services

District hospitals render hospital services at a general practitioner level, while provincial hospitals render hospital services at a specialist level. Specialised hospitals render specialised hospital services for patients with TB, psychiatric illnesses and those patients requiring long-term or chronic step-down/rehabilitative care. Tertiary and central hospitals render tertiary, central and quaternary hospital services at specialist level. Central and tertiary hospitals provide facilities and expertise for sophisticated medical procedures.

Forensic pathology services

Rendering specialised forensic and medico-legal services to establish the circumstances and causes surrounding unnatural death, to ensure integrity of forensic evidence and to provide Inspector of Anatomy Services.

Emergency medical services

The aim of this category is to provide emergency care and transport for victims of trauma, road traffic accidents, and emergency medical and obstetric conditions. Planned patient transport is provided for interhospital transfer, while indigent patients are transported between clinics and hospitals

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