What about organ transplants?

Refugees, migrants and health care in South Africa, explained

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What about organ transplants?

As we have seen, specialist treatment must be provided according to the resources of the hospital. Refugees and asylum-seekers will be assessed in the same way as South African citizens – depending on their medical need and the resources available. However, for organ transplants, the National Health Act states that ‘an organ may not be transplanted into a person who is not a South African citizen or a permanent resident of the Republic without the Minister’s authorisation in writing’.9 Those who are not South Africans or permanent residents who are denied organ transplants would have to challenge this in court, or access the transplant at a private hospital.

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