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Consumers buy down on healthcare

  Consumers continue to take serious financial strain related to funding their health needs.  With healthcare costs growing at levels well-beyond inflation, the man on the street is left with little to no choice but to buy down on medical aid benefit options every year as a result of medical scheme benefit design, in a […]

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Damian McHugh, Head of Health Marketing at Momentum Group

Six ways to save on medical costs

According to Stats SA’s 2017 General Household Survey, only 17 out of every 100 South Africans have medical insurance, which is the key that opens the door to private healthcare. Across the globe, the cost of healthcare continues to drive consumers’ hands deeper into their pockets. Amidst tough economic times, however, medical aid plays an […]

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NHI will undermine, not improve, healthcare for all

Pressing ahead with National Health Insurance (NHI) will steadily undermine South Africa’s excellent private healthcare system, and overburden the country’s already gravely deficient public health system, at vast cost to taxpayers. (more…)

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Gap Cover for seniors – what you need to know

As we advance in years, we may gain invaluable wisdom, but for many of us the ageing process can also signal the onset of new health concerns. (more…)

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Latest developments: National Health Insurance Bill

Last week, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi convened a media briefing to discuss the release of the highly anticipated National Health Insurance Bill (NHI Bill), which has been approved by the South African Cabinet. (more…)

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GEMS 2017 annual report reflects strengthened financial position

The Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS), South Africa’s largest closed medical scheme, today released its annual report for 2017, reflecting a significant increase in the Scheme’s reserve ratio and surplus. (more…)

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Understanding the essential terms: co-payments, sub-limits, and non-DSPs

By Tony Singleton, CEO at Turnberry While it’s easy for some of these technical terms to wash over us, understanding the structure of your Medical Aid and Gap Cover is a critical aspect of managing your family’s medical and financial affairs. Some of the least-understood, but most important terms, are co-payments, sub-limits and non-DSP Hospital […]

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Will proposed medical schemes amendments benefit members?

In the wake of reports about Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s proposals for ushering in a new set of rules for how medical schemes operate, how are these changes likely to affect the industry and South African private healthcare consumers? (more…)

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