How to choose a medical aid

Most medical schemes have launched their benefits and contributions for 2017 and it is the time when you should be re-looking at your existing medical aid cover or, if you are wanting to join a scheme, investigating which one suits you best. The medical aid landscape can be tricky to navigate so it is important […]
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The most expensive and cheapest medical aids in SA for 2017

The latest GTC Medical Aid Survey for 2017 has been released, which compares local medical aid schemes on cost to members across various levels of cover. According to GTC, medical aids are complicated schemes, and comparing them is an almost impossible task; however it has developed a review process that compares schemes across specific categories, […]
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Pryse vir kankermedikasie word ondersoek

Suid-Afrikaanse kankerpasiënte en hul geliefdes het die mededingingskommissie se besluit om drie farmaseutiese maatskappy se pryse vir kankermedisyne te ondersoek geloof, en versoek dat die ondersoek so spoedig moontlik afgehandel moet word. Die mededingingskommissie het vroeër die week aangekondig dat hulle die internasionale farmaseutiese reuse Aspen, Pfizer en Roch ondersoek omdat die maatskappye na bewering […]
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Non-invasive scan for liver disease

In the past the only way to measure a liver’s elasticity was through a biopsy, but now, a non-invasive alternative has emerged, whereby elasticity of a patient’s liver can be measured using vibration-controlled transient elastography (VCTE). Adopted as a frontline tool for assessing liver fibrosis by the European Association for the Study of the Liver […]
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Genesis wins case on accounting for use of medical savings funds

On Tuesday, the Constitutional Court ruled that all funds paid by members to their schemes should be considered as assets, regardless of their intended use. Genesis medical scheme has won its legal battle with the Council of Medical Schemes over how to account for the funds in members’ medical savings accounts (MSAs), a development that […]
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Vier maniere om jou mediesefonds-spaargeld te rek

Ons gee verbruikers vier maniere om hul mediesefond-spaargeld te rek. Gebruik generiese medisyne As generiese medisyne beskikbaar is, is dit ʼn heeltemal aanvaarbare plaasvervanger vir handelsmerkmedisyne, tensy jou dokter dit spesifiek uitsluit. “Baie generiese medisyne is klone ─ dit kan deur die oorspronklike vervaardiger op dieselfde produksielyn gemaak word. Dis net die verpakking wat verskil,” […]
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Day hospitals: The answer to rising health costs?

South Africans are faced with the constant increases in the cost of living and an ailing economy, forcing consumers to cut down on spending across the board. For a small percentage of the population, healthcare costs are covered by medical aid, but only an estimated 16% of South Africans have such coverage while the rest […]
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The real reason SA’s doctors won’t deliver your baby

Medico-legal litigation has exploded. As of March 2016, claims against the health department from the previous five years stood at more than R37‑billion. By October that year, the figure had jumped to R51‑billion — or a third of the whole public healthcare budget if we had to pay every cent. The medico-legal litigation pandemic threatens […]
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Medical aid board says SA has no choice but to back NHI

South Africa’s healthcare system is not merely unviable or unsustainable, “it is at the brink of collapse” if the government does not intervene, says the Board of Healthcare Funders, which represents most medical aid schemes in the country. “People are paying contributions to their medical schemes that are higher than inflation,” Humphrey Zokufa, who heads […]
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Medical fraud costs the country’s economy

The phenomenon of suspiciously qualified or unqualified doctors opening shop in some township and attracting unsuspecting patients has become a concerning norm. Discussions and debate are focused on state capture and its effect on the economy, but there’s another beast eating away at productivity, hurting the economy and undermining our health system. South Africa is […]
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