How does SA's childbirth costs compare with the rest of the world's?
This beautiful infographic compares how much a natural birth and c-section costs in SA vs other countries in the world.
Childbirth – a time in one's life which is meant to be beautiful and momentous. There are times when people speak about the state of their country's health system and wish they were in another country; a place where healthcare is sound, top-notch and professional.
While certain countries might have a superior healthcare system, at what cost does it come?
Coyne College, in Chicago, Illinois, constructed an interactive graphic which gives the basic figure for childbirth in a number of countries.
While the figures are displayed in American dollars, the amount for South Africa versus America is vast.
For a normal birth in America, it costs $10 808, which roughly equates to R146 936, whereas in South Africa, a normal birth costs $1 271 (roughly R17 280).
For a Caesarean section in America, it costs $16 106 (roughly R218 970), but in South Africa, a C-section costs $2 192 (roughly R29 800.50).
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