Doctors in the modern world may no longer do house calls, but that doesn’t mean there are no options available for people who require minor procedures. Thanks to Cure Day Clinics, people no longer have to spend any longer than necessary in a hospital, as the organisation has the facilities to offer minor day surgery procedures in a child friendly and aesthetically enhancing environment.The company’s John Bethune-Williams says that day surgery has grown internationally due to the improvements in medical technology and anaesthesia, leading to faster recovery times and fewer side effects. Moreover, he adds, minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures have been developed and are being increasingly utilised. These medical advances make surgery less complex, with less post-operative pain.As a qualified practicing anaesthesiologist for over 20 years, John says he has applied his professional skills and strategic thinking abilities to understand the many changes in the healthcare industry and funding of healthcare. A management role at the Medkin Day Clinic in Pretoria has also provided essential understanding of the dynamics of day hospitals and the benefits and cost effectiveness thereof. The real reason for his commitment to this business, however, is that he is passionate about researching and helping to provide solutions for the ever increasing costs of healthcare in SA.John says that moving forward, he would like to grow the operation from its current four day hospitals (in Gauteng and the Western Cape), increasing the footprint through the commissioning of seven more day hospitals in other provinces over the next three years. Our goal is to offer more affordable day surgery across the nation, while continuing to provide a high quality service to doctors and patients alike, he says.