Management of working capital in public health care.
Thula, Ntombizodwa Alida.
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Two cases from public health care levels were compared on practises used to manage working capital with two cases from the same levels of health care in private health sector. The objective was to establish whether the practises in public health sector comply with the efficient management of working capital principles and whether it was practically feasible to apply the methods in health care provision. Primary and secondary data was collected. Staffs at an operational and administrative level were interviewed at both the primary and the Secondary health care. It was found that principles of working capital practiced in private sector are mostly consistent with working capital theories and could actually be implemented effectively in public health sector without risking patient health. Inefficiencies were identified in the public sector at both an operational and administrative level especially at a secondary health care level. Finally the study makes recommendations on how to address such inefficiencies.