South African row over denial of dialysis

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 13 December 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1559
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    South Africa's constitutional court has ruled that there is no automatic right for poorer patients—who have to rely on the state's stretched resources—to expensive treatment such as kidney dialysis. The ruling has inflamed the row over lack of resources for health care for poor people.

    The case was brought by 41 year old Thiagraj Soobramoney, who collapsed after being handed the results of the court ruling. He …

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