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Customer convenience is insurance’s new normal

These days, convenience and added value rank high on clients’ decision-making agendas. For 68% of tech-savvy insurance consumers, value-added services rank as one of the top 10 moments of truth, according to the 2017 World Insurance Report. Consumers are increasingly looking for options to access additional value propositions made by their insurance firms. (more…)

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Damian McHugh

Momentum Health announces average weighted increase of 8.3% for 2018

Announcing a weighted average annual contribution increase of 8.3% for 2018, Momentum Health cited stability and growth in terms of its financials, product and service offerings in a challenging industry landscape. (more…)

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Medical Records & Stethoscope

Bonitas showing strong vital signs

The annual results for Bonitas Medical Fund (Bonitas), 1 January – 31 December 2016, were announced today. Gerhard van Emmenis, Principal Officer said, ‘Increasing healthcare inflation and economic pressures are proving to be a challenge to the entire healthcare industry. The reality is that when consumers are struggling medical aid, which is essentially a grudge […]

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Advanced Groenkloof Day Hospital

South Africa’s most affordable medical aid option launched

Umvuzo Health, the country’s leading restricted low-cost medical scheme launched the all-new Activator Option during the unveiling of their new brand. Both the new Umvuzo Health brand and the new Activator Option created great interest and a welcome relief for those earning less than R3 850 a month. (more…)

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Just three days to the 2017 FIA Awards

South Africa’s world class financial services industry will not have to wait much longer to find out which insurance and investment brands are recognised by intermediaries as the ‘best of the best’! The finishing line for the 2017 FIA Awards is in sight and any of the shortlisted finalists are within a nose of scooping […]

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Brain injuries: Heads up for the costs of recovery

Head injuries can result in damage to the most important part of the central nervous system – the brain – and can irrefutably impact on one’s health, well-being and ability to work. With World Head Injury Awareness Day on 20 March, South Africans are reminded to be mindful of how to reduce these accidents, and […]

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Regulatory impact assessment of ban on private health insurance demanded

The publication of the “Demarcation Regulations” by the Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, and the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, finally gives effect to the deeply misguided decision to phase out private health insurance for low income households.  This is according to the Democratic Alliance (DA). (more…)

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The massive skills shortage in South Africa’s nursing profession has alarming implications for the level of patient care provided

The real cost of the skills shortage in the SA health sector

Nurses make up the largest group of healthcare providers in South Africa. The performance of any healthcare system is directly dependent on the quality of care afforded by these healthcare professionals. Yet in 2015, a report by the University of Witwatersrand revealed that over 60% of nurses admitted reporting that they felt too tired to […]

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