The astonishing number of South Africans who do not have medical aid

Data published by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) shows that the majority of South Africans are not covered by a medical aid.

The report showed that out of a population of 54,432,000 South Africans, only 17.4% of the population is medically covered – 9,458,000 – leaving 44,974,000 people without cover.

According to the IRR, only 10.5% of black-African people are covered by private medical insurance, compared to 72.7% of white people.

However, there are now significantly more black-Africans (4,601,000) covered by medical aid than whites (3,317,000).

Medical aid coverage by population group, 2015

Population group Total population Total not covered  %
African 43 645 000 38 727 000 88.7%
Coloured 4 861 000 3 912 000 80.5%
Indian/Asian 1 366 000 752 000 55.1%
White 4 561 000 1 208 000 26.5%
South Africa 54 432 000 44 599 000 81.9%

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