The opportunity to travel abroad is a major feat for many South Africans and can quite easily be a lifetime highlight for some. However, it’s important to ensure that you have the correct medical cover in case of any medical incidents or emergencies.
Without international medical cover, your already expensive trip can turn into an expensive disaster. Let’s take a deeper look into South Africa’s medical aid options and whether or not they are sufficient for international travel.Continue reading
Being self-employed means you are your own boss and there are many benefits associated with it. You have control over your business, how you plan your work schedule, daily routine and of course, your finances.
The downside to being self-employed, however, is that the monthly income earned is not set and can fluctuate quite dramatically from month to month.
Not getting the results you expect from your medical aid? Here is what you can do.
Given the complexities of medical aid plans, the vast number of members many of them have and the multitude of medications and health issues, problems do occur. Sometimes it is a lack of understanding on the part of the member and at times, the medical aid company is wrong.
Plan ahead for a worry-free pregnancy.
The important thing to do, if you are planning to fall pregnant, is making sure you are on a medical aid first. Most will not provide cover if you fall pregnant before joining the scheme. This could result in you facing a large medical bill for treatment during pregnancy and the delivery or using public healthcare to reduce the costs.
Most medical aids in South Africa will provide expenses for checkups and treatment during your pregnancy, hospitalisation and delivery and some antenatal benefits. That is, provided you were on the plan before falling pregnant. Joining a plan after falling pregnant could mean you are subject to exclusions or a waiting period.
There are a number of widely believed myths about medical schemes in South Africa. This article will give you the truth behind the myths.
Myth: My applications can be turned down by a scheme
Provided you pay the monthly fees, the scheme cannot decline your application. They can implement a 12-month waiting period for specific conditions or a standard 3-month waiting period for all claims. They are also entitled to charge a late joining penalty.