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Health Care in Jeffreys Bay

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Learn about the health system in Jeffreys Bay: how it can and cannot be used by expats, nomads, retirees and others moving to and living in Jeffreys Bay.

The healthcare system in Jeffreys Bay, is a mix of public and private healthcare services. The public healthcare system, known as the National Health Insurance (NHI), is available to all residents, including foreigners, while the private healthcare system is often preferred by expats and those who can afford it.

South Africa's Healthcare System

The public healthcare system in South Africa, the National Health Insurance (NHI), is used by both locals and foreigners. However, the quality of care in public hospitals varies, and for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries, many people recommend using private hospitals. Public hospitals in Jeffreys Bay are often crowded and under-resourced, leading to long waiting times. Foreigners, including expats and digital nomads, are allowed to use the public healthcare system, but many prefer to use private hospitals due to the higher standard of care. Private hospitals in Jeffreys Bay offer a more comfortable environment and shorter waiting times.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Jeffreys Bay

  • Life St George's Hospital - A private hospital located in Port Elizabeth, about an hour's drive from Jeffreys Bay.
  • Netcare Greenacres Hospital - Another private hospital in Port Elizabeth, offering a wide range of medical services.
  • Humansdorp Hospital - A public hospital located in Humansdorp, about 20 minutes from Jeffreys Bay.
Due to the limited number of hospitals in Jeffreys Bay, expats often travel to nearby cities like Port Elizabeth for specialized medical care and surgeries.

Emergency Services in Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay has ambulance services available. In case of an emergency, you can dial 10177 to call for an ambulance. However, response times can vary depending on the location and time of day.

Health Insurance Companies in Jeffreys Bay

Popular private health insurers in Jeffreys Bay include Discovery Health, Momentum Health, and Medshield. These companies offer a range of health insurance plans to suit different needs and budgets. While some expats and digital nomads use these local companies, many prefer to use specialized expat health insurance providers that offer coverage in multiple countries.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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