Medical aid choices

2014-10-19 21:02

Before you make a decision, you need to ask yourself a few questions, says Susan Erasmus.

How to choose the right medical aid

2014-10-17 12:48

A hospital plan is not a one-size-fits-all as you need to consider the cover you need, how much money you can spend and whether a plan has any features that don’t suit you.

Gross negligence suspected at private hospital

2014-10-07 15:41

After her mother died suddenly in ICU, a Fin24 user asks why we pay so much for private hospital care in the expectation of being well looked after.

Medical scheme increases in a nutshell

2014-10-03 17:26

Alexander Forbes has provided a handy summary of the average scheme and gap increases for 2015 announced by medical schemes to date.

Bonitas announces premium increases

2014-09-26 17:54

Hard-nailed negotiations have played a big role in ensuring single digit contribution hikes, according to Bonitas CEO Dr Bobby Ramasia.

Medical scheme speed bumps

2014-09-10 07:17

While many medical schemes come to the party when you need them most, scheme members can get a grim surprise when they least need it.

Beware of medical insurance scams

2014-09-05 15:11

The Minister of Health has said that most medical insurance schemes encourage collusion between patients and doctors, unnecessarily extending hospital stays in order to cash in.

Debate on high private hospital costs hots up

2014-09-03 14:51

The debate on high private hospital costs is heating up with a medical scheme hitting out at the largest private hospital groups.

Surviving the self-payment gap

2014-08-19 12:29

One money-savvy mom shares her tips for cutting back on medical expenses.

Choosing a paediatrician

2014-06-05 15:44

Don't wait until your baby is born before you choose a paediatrician. Your baby will have to be examined right away. How can you make the best decision?

The most unusual way to make use of an ice box

2014-03-25 17:42

Young couple from India forced to keep their premature baby in an ice box due to low funds.

Medical aid ripping you off?

2014-03-09 11:00

Getting quality medical aid at an affordable price is important for many people. But is it attainable?

Budget update on medical scheme tax credits

2014-03-03 14:25

An expert explains how the latest National Budget affects tax credits for medical scheme contributions, including those of people over 65.

Your GP can save you money

2014-01-29 14:07

People often go straight to a specialist, but visiting your GP first can save you money and provide you with the same health outcomes.

Your GP can save you money

2013-09-12 16:50

People often go straight to a specialist, but visiting your GP first can save you money and provide you with the same health outcomes.

More to healthcare than price: Discovery

2013-05-29 14:40

People should look beyond just the price when analysing healthcare costs, Discovery Health has said.

Scam threatens medical aid

2012-11-19 09:22

The bhabhaza medical aid scheme fraud by doctors and members will push up premiums for all members and make them unaffordable, according to a report.

BHF concerned by tax credit changes

2012-04-12 07:28

The Board of Healthcare Funders says revisions to tax credits on medical aid schemes will not necessarily benefit low-income earners.

Govt employees ripped off in medical aid

2012-02-20 08:10

Civil servants are paying more for their chronic medication dispensing fees than the maximum amount mandated by the health minister, a report says.

Is your bank account ready for birth?

2011-09-19 16:20

Giving birth can have nasty unanticipated costs.

Medical aid fees to guide NHI payments

2011-08-24 10:11

The plan is to ensure that people won't pay more towards national health insurance than they do for medical aid, says a health department official.

Consumer commission eyes medical schemes

2011-07-07 17:09

Complaints about the medical aid industry have already been made with the new National Consumer Commission, says the Board of Healthcare Funders.


Red Cross delivers first medical aid in a year to Palestinians in Syria

2014-10-17 13:27

The International Committee of the Red Cross has delivered medical supplies, including chronic medication for heart disease and diabetes, for the first time in a year.

Feeling cheated by doctors

2014-10-06 17:57

If you are a medical scheme member and your spouse gets breast cancer, you need to find out exactly what your scheme will pay for and what it won’t.

Medical aid membership and your broker

2014-09-26 18:43

Bigger is not always better and cheap can be nasty, so do your homework and make sure you take the best medical aid benefit option for you.

Linen problems in some private hospitals raised

2014-09-25 15:39

As part of the ongoing debate about the high cost of private hospital care, Fin24 users are putting the spotlight on an alleged problem with linen.

Payment of private hospital staff questioned

2014-09-09 17:44

The debate regarding high private hospital costs continues with a Fin24 user claiming staff is not well paid at one of these big private hospital groups.

Plea for more generous medical fee negotiations

2014-09-05 05:00

If healthcare professionals, hospitals, medical schemes and patients work together, healthcare costs can be controlled collectively, suggest Fin24 users.

Medical schemes need better governance

2014-09-03 11:58

The statutory body charged with regulating the medical schemes industry does not have much power to bring schemes with poor governance into line, says an official.

Regulations will impact health insurance - expert

2014-08-13 17:16

The average consumer is unaware of the impact draft regulations by the National Treasury will have on the health insurance industry, warns an expert.

The most unusual way to make use of an ice box

2014-03-28 12:08

Couple forced to keep their prem baby ice box due to low funds.

Medical aid ripping you off?

2014-03-10 12:30

Getting quality medical aid at an affordable price is important for many people. But is it attainable?

Medical aid ripping you off?

2014-03-07 13:04

Getting quality medical aid at an affordable price is important for many people. But is it attainable?

What you absolutely must know about your medical savings account

2014-02-20 05:00

Many medical scheme members have difficulty understanding just how the medical savings account (MSA) works. Here's some help.

Terms of reference into healthcare welcomed

2013-12-01 10:24

The Board of Healthcare Funders says the inquiry into private healthcare will examine the market holistically.

Medical aid credit to help poor

2013-08-19 14:15

The introduction of a medical aid contribution credit may make cover more affordable for lower income earners, the SA Institute of Chartered Accountants says.

Sizwe Medical Fund under curatorship

2012-09-05 19:03

Sizwe Medical Fund has been placed under provisional curatorship‚ after the Council for Medical Schemes applied for governance concerns to be addressed.

Save money with medical aid tax relief

2012-05-02 12:36

Low income earners can now save up on their medical aid, thanks to the new medical tax relief which guarantees you cash-back. Find out more.

Choosing a medical scheme

2012-03-09 16:31

Here's how to choose the best medical scheme for yourself.

Court ruling keeps basic medical aid cover

2011-11-07 16:50

The high court has ruled that medical schemes must pay prescribed minimum benefits, the basic level of diagnosis, treatment and care a scheme is obliged by law to cover.

Hawks probe medical aid racket

2011-09-18 11:47

The Hawks are investigating corruption in the medical aid industry and have already raided 12 premises, the Sunday Times reports.

Gems covers mostly first-time members

2011-07-20 14:01

More than half the membership of the Government Employees Medical Scheme are getting medical aid cover for the first time.

Medical aids too pricey, say members

2011-06-13 12:59

A survey has found that most medical aid members feel their schemes are too expensive and many are ignorant of what they actually offer.

Gore denies short-term insurance plans

2011-02-22 18:19

Discovery Holdings CEO Adrian Gore says the company has no intention of entering the short-term insurance market in the near future.

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