Costs associated with Covid-19 hospitalization during the first wave at a tertiary-level hospital in Gauteng, South Africa

By  Kerensa Govender  Khumo Modiba  Sinethemba Madlala  Lineo Matsela  Dr Ijeoma Edoka  Jeremy Nel  Professor Gesine Meyer-Rath  Professor Jacqui Miot  |  | 


  • The first wave of COVID-19 infection in South Africa began in March 2020, peaked in July of 2020 and ran until approximately the end of October 2020.
  • Estimates of the cost of COVID-19 care during this period, which was characterized by increasing cases and hospital admissions, are critical for building both health-system resilience and improving responsiveness in future health crises.
  • There is however a dearth of cost estimates for pandemic related hospitalisation in the South African public-sector, which bore a significant proportion of the COVID-19 healthcare-burden.

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