Cape Chamber Of Commerce: Cost of treating HIV could get worse
Written by Lethiwe Mdluli on 25 October, 2019
By: Lethiwe Mdluli
The Cape Chamber of Commerce says the cost of treating all the 7.9 million people living with HIV in South Africa has become a problem that could soon be a bigger financial burden than the Eskom disaster.
It says it costs R3899 to treat each patient for a year and if all are treated the total bill would be 30.8 billion Rands.
Eskom’s total earnings before tax, interest and depreciation amount to 32 billion Rands a year.
The chamber’s president, Geoff Jacobs, says the big battle is to stop new infections.