Choosing the Right Medical Aid for You and Your Family

By admin
04 April 2013

As we get older and progress through life, our circumstances and resources change.

As we get older and progress through life, our circumstances and resources change, we gain partners, wives or husbands, children. When the healthcare of spouses, partners and children is your responsibility, choosing the right medical aid for you and your family becomes critically important. There’s so much more to consider when there’s more than your own life at stake. What particularly complicates matters is the fact that there are so many medical aid schemes and benefit options out there to choose from – some quite affordable, and others very expensive. In short, the reason why there are so many different types of health cover is so they can cater for all individual – and collective – needs.

In these tough economic times many people are compelled to find more affordable medical aid policies that will allow them to stick to their limited monthly budgets. If you don’t have access to the internet, comparing schemes and policies that will enable you to make a more informed choice can be difficult, if not impossible. Nevertheless, there are alternative ways of finding the right cover for you and your family.

The easiest and most obvious route to follow is to approach an independent insurance broker. They don’t work for any one company or medical aid scheme and can represent you when you purchase a policy to ensure you get the right cover for your needs. Making use of a broker’s services will save you a lot of time and effort. The host of rules and regulations that govern these policies as well as the numerous plans can be annoyingly confusing and a broker will be able to explain the options and benefits to you in detail. Brokers are sure to have the latest information at their disposal. It’s their job to know and understand the insurance industry and by virtue of this should be able to both recommend to you and get you the best deal available. A good broker can save you a considerable amount of money in the long run.

If you don’t have access to a broker you’ll have to conduct your own investigation. While it’s worthwhile to speak to company representatives, it’s crucial you take the time to ask other people what their perceptions and opinions about the insurance companies are. Ask them about the companies’ reputations and their ability to deliver. Find out what their customer service is like and how long they take to pay out a claim. Ultimately, the company whose product you choose is as important as getting the right healthcare policy for you and your family. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask any and everyone, including your neighbours and friends – even conduct a poll among strangers while standing in a queue!

Remember information is empowerment; the greater your knowledge, the easier it will be for you to make the right choice.

For more information visit www.medshield.co.za

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