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In order to assess the perceived health status of respondents an internationally recognised set
of indicators was used:

  • Proportion who did not experience difficulty accessing health care
  • Proportion who rated their health good/excellent during past four weeks
  • Proportion who did not have difficulty in doing daily work
  • Proportion whose usual social activities were not limited by physical/emotional problems.

The index thus provides a self-reported assessment of how respondents perceive their health and thereby provides a useful measure of how respondents feel both physically and mentally about dealing with the daily challenges that their context and situation poses. The index ranges from 0 (bad) to 1 (excellent).

The healthiest people in the GCR live in Midvaal, followed by Sasolburg and Westonaria. Those with the lowest health index score came from Merafong, Emfuleni and Randfontein.

The scores varied across race with whites and Indians scoring higher than Africans and coloureds.
GCRO (2009) 'Quality of Life' survey
GCRO 2009 'Quality of Life' survey health status

so what’s the health prognosis?