Working for access to quality public healthcare in South Africa since 1998

Planned Patient Transport

Adequate patient transport systems are essential to initiating and retaining people on treatment. The current failure of the planned patient transport system impacts disproportionally on the most vulnerable and especially on those in poor and rural settings. People in rural communities have a particularly difficult time accessing healthcare services – only made worse when transport is not available. In rural areas, many people must walk long distances to clinics and hospitals. This negatively impacts HIV treatment adherence and TB treatment completion rates.