Desperately seeking: A viable healthcare payment system

South Africa’s private healthcare sector is under severe pressure, particularly with rampant inflation tracking at rates higher than CPI, creating a system that will eventually, in the not too distant future, become unsustainable. In fact, at the end of last year, most of the country’s medical aids announced double-digit premium increases for 2017. “Issues that […]
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What to consider when deciding on a medical scheme

Are your health insurance costs too high? Try decoding your medical aid terms and conditions and associated costs to make sure that it works for you. “While health insurance is important, it comes at a cost that is rapidly rising. Unfortunately for the consumer, this affects medical scheme membership contribution rates, and the increases of […]
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Medical aid members still have to dig deep in their pockets

Despite having medical aid, many members still have to fork out chunks of money out of their own pocket for healthcare products and services. “In South Africa, healthcare services and products is provided by parallel running public and private healthcare systems. Even though private healthcare is only available to a very small section of the […]
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Are Medical Scheme Members aware of what they are paying for?

The medical scheme industry is full of jargon and benefit structures that often leave the man on the street confused and frustrated when it comes to understanding and accessing their benefits. Medical schemes have in recent times attempted to simplify terminology to make it more understandable, but are they doing enough to ensure members know […]
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Why medical aids are so expensive.

Healthcare is complex. Our bodies are the most complex machines we know of, and our brains and minds work in ways we do not yet fully comprehend. Despite rapid advances in medicine it remains an imperfect and growing science. This article unpacks just some of the mysteries of the healthcare system. When health problems arise […]
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The benefits on low blood pressure

If you were born with blood pressure on the low side, that’s good news – but there are still a few things worth knowing about this condition. Having low blood pressure in your genetic make-up means you don’t face the risk of developing heart problems or having a stroke as a result of high blood […]
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Catastrophic antibiotic threat from food

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – The greatly excessive use of antibiotics in food production in recent decades has made many bacteria more resistant to antibiotics. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has estimated that antibiotic use in animal husbandry, poultry farming and aquaculture in the US is over four times USDA recommended levels. Meanwhile, the […]
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Therapy For Breast Cancer Is No Longer Cut And Dried

High-profile media campaigns have made most South African women aware that breast cancer poses a very real risk. But the message that really needs to be conveyed is that the disease can affect anyone and that most women who get breast cancer do not have risk factors. In addition, more and more young women are […]
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8 Symptoms of Endometriosis Many Doctors Don’t Recognize

Endometriosis is one of the least understood female conditions. Despite the fact that roughly 1 in 10 women of reproductive age suffers from endometriosis (equivalent to 5 million women in the United States and 176 million women worldwide) very little is known about the condition (1,2). Worse yet, about three-quarters of these women experience pelvic […]
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Disastrous antibiotic hazard from food

The greatly excessive use of antibiotics in food production in recent decades has made many bacteria more resistant to antibiotics. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has estimated that antibiotic use in animal husbandry, poultry farming and aquaculture in the US is over four times USDA recommended levels. Meanwhile, the US Food and Drugs […]
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