Are there any vaccinations I should get or other health precautions to take as I prepare for my move to your city?
No inoculations are required when entering South Africa unless arriving from a country where yellow fever is prevalent. It is advisable, however, to confirm with your local South African embassy prior to departure.
Before I get sick, what should I know about seeking medical care in your city as an expat?
It is essential to have medical insurance or to join a medical aid society on arrival in Johannesburg, as there is practically no medical protection offered by government, especially to visitors.
It is advisable to use the private medical sector; the emergency services are very efficient and the standard of medical care very high.
What is the word for "doctor" in the local language?
"Doctor" or "GP"
What is the best way to locate a suitable health care provider?
The telephone directory lists doctors under “Medical Practitioners.”
Do expats in the area tend to leave the city/area/country to seek medical care? If so, why and where do they go?
Private medical care and facilities in Johannesburg are of a very high standard. In fact, South Africa has a booming "medical tourism."
What is the number to call to summon help in an emergency? List medical/fire/police.
Fire Brigade 375 5911
What do I do if there's an emergency in the middle of the night—or at another time when my normal doctor/clinic is unavailable?
Major hospitals have 24-hour emergency services, as do some of the smaller clinics. Identify your closest emergency service as a matter of priority.
How will I recognize a pharmacy? What is it called in the local language?
Pharmacies are known as both chemist and pharmacy; it is "Apteek" in Afrikaans, although the English word will normally be displayed as well. Chain pharmacies in Johannesburg are Clicks, Dischem and Link.
Is the water safe to drink?
Water from taps is perfectly safe to drink, but under no circumstances should you drink water in an informal or shanty settlement as this comes from streams and rivers.
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