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.

Why SA needs to discipline the private healthcare industry

2018-07-27 10:42

Debates around South Africa's health market inquiry must remember that not all proposals for regulating private economic activity are an attack on the market, says Steven Friedman.

Myths about hospital cash plans

2018-07-11 18:32

Despite the increasing popularity of hospital cash plans, some consumers are still not maximising this benefit due to misconceptions, says the CEO of FNB Life.

Motsoaledi not out ‘to destroy the private health sector’

2018-06-22 12:09

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi wants SA's medical scheme beneficiaries to get immediate relief from 'the serious challenges experienced in the current medical aid regime'.

Cabinet approves bill to regulate medical schemes

2018-05-24 18:31

Cabinet has approved the medical schemes amendment bill, which will be published in the government gazette for public comment.

In 2017 medical aids lost at least R300 million to fraud. Medical professionals who overcharged paid 0.05% of that in fines – and kept working

2018-03-26 06:45

A total of R145,000 in fines for claiming excessive fees – and sometimes for treatment that never happened.

5 questions to ask your ageing parents’ doctors

2018-02-22 13:49

For many senior citizens, combining medications can be fatal. But living with a chronic disease is part and parcel of growing older. Here's how to ensure you ask your parents’ doctors the right questions.

REVEALED: SA's biggest medical schemes

2017-10-13 10:20

South Africa's biggest medical insurance scheme had almost a million more beneficiaries than the next scheme.

Lawyers issue warnings about NHI scheme

2017-10-08 06:00

Private medical aids and hospital groups should be cautious when offering services to government as part of the proposed national health insurance (NHI) scheme because there are still too many uncertainties surrounding the system

 

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.

NHI will 'nationalise' healthcare - Free Market Foundation

2018-08-16 06:45

The Free Market Foundation says while universal health coverage is a good idea, the need for NHI is questionable.

Salaries not keeping up with medical aid increases

2018-07-20 09:58

The cost of medical aids has spiked faster than salaries have grown over the years, according to a survey.

Unions welcome new healthcare laws – with a laundry list of concerns

2018-06-22 15:02

Unions and labour federations have broadly welcomed the release of the NHI Bill and the Medial Schemes Amendment Bill, but concerns about implementation persist.

Looking for medical aid gap cover? These are the top options

2018-06-01 08:32

Are you looking for gap cover? A recent survey revealed the top gap cover providers in South Africa, making it easier to choose one.

Medical aid providers clamp down on fraud

2018-03-26 21:00

Statistics show that about 10% to 15% of all medical claims are fraudulent, abusive or wasteful, adding R22bn in expenses to the R150bn private healthcare industry.

These are some of South Africa's most brazen medical aid scams and schemes

2018-03-23 07:22

Sheep for medicine, and R187,000 per hour for specialist services rank high – but most of the unusual claims aren't definite fraud.

Know your medical aid options

2017-11-16 19:15

Hospital plans, comprehensive cover, network options…find out what’s the best medical insurance for you.

Obesity costs SA economy more than R700bn per year - study

2017-10-12 13:43

The economic impact of obesity in South Africa is R701bn per year, a study by Discovery Vitality has revealed.

Five of the highest and lowest medical scheme increases for 2018

2017-10-01 13:18

Five medical schemes have announced their contribution increases for 2018, some managed to stay below the 10% mark, but some couldn't do the same.

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