Medical aids have been asked to not simply kick out members who miss payments

2020-03-27 12:28

Meanwhile employers will have some leeway in pension fund payments – but have been urged to keep up the payments for life cover and similar insurance as part of their pension schemes.

SA medical schemes are preparing for coronavirus - and you likely won’t have to pay

2020-03-06 09:03

The first case of coronavirus in SA was reported on Thursday.

Who can be a dependant on my medical scheme?

2019-10-12 09:45

The principal (main) member of a medical scheme may register dependants, who in some cases qualify to pay a reduced rate.

You're paying more for private healthcare and getting less, Competition Commission investigation reveals

2019-09-30 10:15

A lack of competition in the sector isn't just bad for your wallet, it could be bad for your health.

Discovery medical scheme contributions jump by more than 9% for the second year running

2019-09-16 14:43

Discovery said the increases are below the medical inflation rate.

Public Protector praises court for giving it jurisdiction over government medical scheme

2019-07-01 21:58

The Public Protector has praised a High Court ruling confirming that her office has jurisdiction over the GEMS medical aid scheme that is exclusive to government employees, says its spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe.

Council for Medical Schemes announces probe into racial profiling

2019-05-20 12:35

The council, which regulates private health financing via medical aid schemes, has launched a probe into claims of racial profiling against black and Indian private medical practitioners.

Bonitas: Inspection does not affect our members directly

2019-02-25 19:59

Bonitas' Principal Officer Gerhard Van Emmenis says that an inspection into the medical fund is still ongoing.

Two women who just felt like wiping strangers' medical debt worth R21 million remind us of other cheerful givers

2018-12-06 18:24

Many of us have been blessed by a person who has helped us in a desperate time of need, evidence that good Samaritans still exist.

Medical schemes paid out R160.6bn during 2017, mostly for hospital care – report

2018-10-18 22:19

The Council for Medical Schemes, a regulatory body for medical schemes, on Thursday issued its annual report for 2017/18.


6 women share the craziest thing they've done to hit 10 000 steps

2019-10-16 04:45

Hey, we've all been there RIGHT!?

Four big changes the Competition Commission just recommended to how medical aid works, including standardised benefits and geographic schemes

2019-09-30 11:57

Standard benefit packages (SBPs), geographically-defined schemes, and confirming every year you want to pay a broker are some of the big changes the Competition Commission has recommended on medical aid.

SA’s biggest medical aids are hiking rates by nearly 10% – these are now the cheapest entry-level options

2019-09-25 15:05

Discovery offers the cheapest no-frills medical aid package among those we compared – but it is available only to people who earn less than R9,150.

Government medical aid to appeal court ruling granting Public Protector jurisdiction over it

2019-07-02 21:49

GEMS, which is a medical aid scheme for government employees, will appeal a North Gauteng High Court ruling on Thursday that granted the Public Protector jurisdiction over it.

Council for Medical Schemes says inquiry will probe bullying, 'use of hidden cameras'

2019-06-11 10:40

Allegations around bullying, coercion and the "use of hidden cameras" will be included in an upcoming probe into allegations of racial profiling against black and Indian private medical practitioners by medical aids.

Amid a tough six months, Netcare saw a surge in patients with mental illnesses

2019-05-13 14:52

“Growth in demand for mental health services is expected to remain strong.”

Scrap medical aid tax rebates, better working hours for doctors, and 9 other key proposals from the Presidential Health Summit

2019-02-13 19:05

A major review released by health minister Aaron Motsoaledi says there is unanimous support for the principles of National Health Insurance (NHI) from stakeholders.

Your guide to medical aid and insurance costs

2018-11-07 09:57

Protecting your health and buying insurance products for life’s unexpected events can become expensive and complex. finweek provides handy pointers that will help you ask the right questions before you decide to change, cancel or upgrade any of these products.

Are you downplaying the likely cost of healthcare in your retirement?

2018-09-29 08:00

People saving for retirement often underestimate the impact of future healthcare costs on their later income, warns an expert.

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