To help to drive down the cost of private healthcare to make quality, affordable private healthcare available and accessible to more patients.
To be recognised as a private healthcare role player and contributor in reducing the cost of private healthcare through the promotion and development of day hospitals.
To promote the advantages of day surgery procedures in day hospitals.
To actively be part of “the process” and “the solution” to reduce the cost of private healthcare through positive stakeholder engagements and relationships.
To actively participate and contribute to finding solutions to key issues faced by the hospital industry irrespective of its public or private nature.
Years of experience
The Day Hospital Association first came into being in 1992, ahead of its time in South Africa and part of the private healthcare industry, a complex landscape that would undergo numerous changes and be affected by various sectors and role-players over the following 20 years.
The period 2000-2005 in South Africa was marked by many day hospitals closed on account of hospital operators not comprehending the benefits of day hospitals and their future value in the private healthcare service delivery chain.
The DHA in its current form was revived in 2014 with the main objective of promoting day hospitals and the benefits of day surgery in South Africa.
Many procedures are being postponed due to the current pandemic, potentially leading go conditions being exacerbated.
Day hospitals, not specialising in pandemic related treatment, remain available for procedural and elective surgery.
The ability to treat more surgical patients through less beds leads to savings by both patients and medical aids.
Day hospitals offer an alternative setting to having short stay/day surgical procedures in acute facilities, thereby creating peace of mind for both patients and doctors, even more so under the current pandemic conditions. With reference to the Department of Health’s National Infection Prevention and Control Strategic Framework published on 27 March 2020 – private hospitals showed advanced level scores in the infection prevention and control assessment framework (IPCAF). In addition to this the occurrence of hospital borne (nosocomial) infections are virtually zero in day hospitals.
Aside from newly qualified individuals, more and more high-end skilled professionals are looking to contribute in environments more conducive to shorter and less invasive working hours.
Privately owned day hospitals enjoy the reputation of running speciailised facilities employing state of the art equipment.
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