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Have you factored in medical expenses into your retirement savings?

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People often believe that if you gather significant assets during your lifetime and put enough into your retirement or pension fund during your career, you don't have to worry about living comfortably in your later years. But in an environment where medical costs are rising and markets are constantly fluctuating, is that really true?

Here's a figure that might be surprising if you are planning to retire soon and haven't considered your health care costs. If you are 65 and retiring this year, you will need about R990 000 during retirement to keep up the same cover you currently enjoy. For a couple, that total is about R1 990 000. (assuming you are on the Discovery Health Medical Scheme, on the Classic Delta Comprehensive Plan, a contribution of R4059 to your plan, and that your retirement grows in line with medical inflation- currently CPI +4%)    

These numbers are based on the assumption that a man will live to be 85 and a woman 87, however with publications like the scientific research journal Nature reporting that children born in 2000 will live to be 100 years or older we may need even more retirement and medical savings in the future. With our longer life spans, financial planning for retirement has never been more important if we want to maintain your lifestyle over the long term.

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