Emergency medicine in the new South Africa

Ann Emerg Med. 1998 Sep;32(3 Pt 1):367-72. doi: 10.1016/s0196-0644(98)70016-2.


A description of recent developments in emergency medicine and prehospital care in the new South Africa is detailed. As South Africa creates a new integrated health care system with equal access for all citizens, expansion of emergency care services to previously disadvantaged populations is occurring. To illustrate current disparities, a comparison of 2 regional systems of emergency medicine is included. The challenges involved and possible future directions in this effort are discussed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Ambulances
  • Comprehensive Health Care
  • Credentialing
  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated / trends
  • Emergency Medical Services / trends
  • Emergency Medicine / education
  • Emergency Medicine / standards
  • Emergency Medicine / trends*
  • Forecasting
  • Health Priorities
  • Health Resources
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Hospitals, General / organization & administration
  • Hospitals, State / organization & administration
  • Hospitals, Urban / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Medical Records
  • South Africa
  • Transportation of Patients