South Africa has the highest of proportion of elderly people in the African continent. The South African mid-year population estimate indicates that the proportion of elderly (60 years and older) in South Africa is growing, reaching 9% (5.3 million) in 2019. Of the elderly, the highest percentage 24% (1.3 million) reside in Gauteng and the majority are female (60%). Medical aid penetration among the elderly is particularly low amongst the black (7%) and ‘coloured’ population groups (16.6%).
(https://bit.ly/3di4mNX, https://bit.ly/2WEzTUe, AMPS 2016)
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