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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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The benefit of wellness programmes

It’s abundantly clear from research by medical schemes such as Discovery and Momentum – the two medical aid schemes with the biggest wellness incentive programmes in Vitality (700 000 main members) and Multiply (154 181 main members) – that members engaging in some form of activity on a regular basis have lower medical claims on average compared […]

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Lee Bromfield

Common myths about hospital cash plans

Despite the increasing popularity of hospital cash plans (also known as health cash plans) as supplementary cover for non-medical expenses, some consumers are still not maximising this benefit due to a few misconceptions. Lee Bromfield, CEO of FNB Life, says when used appropriately, a health cash plan can go a long way to help consumers […]

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Tony Singleton

What gap cover doesn’t cover

With many hospitals and specialists charging multiple times the stipulated medical aid rates, gap cover has emerged as a way to protect consumers against significant medical expense shortfalls, with reasonable premiums of up to a few hundred rand per month for the more comprehensive offerings. (more…)

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Regard Budler, Managing Executive at Momentum Corporate Client Solutions

How prepared are South African companies for a cancer tsunami?

A cancer tsunami is approaching South Africa and could have a devastating impact on workplace productivity. However, Regard Budler, Managing Executive: Momentum Corporate Client Solutions says that proactive action by employers and their financial advisers can help to reduce the impact. (more…)

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Run your way to youthfulness this Youth Month

Discovery Vitality and parkrun celebrate their fifth anniversary. June is full of excuses to start running your way to youthfulness and great health. With World Running Day on the 6th, it is also Youth Month and five years that Discovery Vitality has been a headline sponsor of parkrun SA. Over the past five years the […]

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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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Professor Sylvester Chima, Associate Professor and Head of the Programme of Bio and Research Ethics and Medical Law,  University of KwaZulu-Natal

Medical malpractice litigation undermining SA’s health system

In what South African Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has described as an ‘explosion’, medical malpractice litigation claims in the country have increased dramatically over the past few years, with warnings that the compassion-based practice of medicine is being replaced by defensive medicine and mistrust. (more…)

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