Quality, affordable healthcare seems more important than ever.
Chantal van Zitters, a Cape Town-based medical practitioner, is dedicated to bringing this standard of care to those who need it most.
At 30, Van Zitters started her own practice. In only four years, she was able to grow her practice — situated on the Cape Flats — into a full-service medical centre.
Starting her practice so young felt like a massive step towards her dream. “I planned to do this later in my career, much later,” Van Zitters remarks.
But when the opportunity presented itself, she jumped at it. “I never knew what was going to happen. But I had to take the leap. I was really surprised that at such a young age I could live my dream.”
As she grew up in Blackheath on the Cape Flats, Van Zitters has seen firsthand the injustice of South Africa’s unequal healthcare system. “The quality of care depends on how much money you have. I would love to see a future where everyone has close to equal access and care.”
Through her work, Van Zitters hopes to show her patients that they too deserve to access the best healthcare on offer.
Ultimately she wants to see other healthcare practitioners following her example. “I want to see more facilities like mine in disadvantaged and rural communities,” she says.
I want to see more practices where patients don’t have to pay an arm and leg to get ‘decent’ healthcare. And where they are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their socioeconomic circumstances.”