The majority of South Africa’s biggest medical aid schemes have released their prices for 2018, showing below 10% increases across all plans.
According to the latest statistics released by the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), there are currently 82 medical aid schemes operating in South Africa with a total subscription of just under 8.9 million members as at December 2016.
Discovery remains the largest medical aid scheme in the country, with over 2.7 million members.
This is followed by the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) with 1.8 million members, and the Bonitas Medical Fund, with just under 680,000 members.
Due to the nature of medical aids, and how each scheme is structured to cater for different hospital networks and cover different medical needs, it’s incredibly difficult to compare like for like, especially on price.
However, with all medical aids now releasing their contribution structures for 2018, the tables below outline the pr Continue reading…
The Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) has admitted to blowing hundreds of thousands of its members’ contributions to pay for an empty building for a year.
Gems has been forking out more than R60,000 a month to Mowana Properties for its North West regional office on the Borekelong House ground floor in Mahikeng since September last year without occupying it.
The rental expenditure has resulted in Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo calling for an investigation into the matter.
Instead of occupying the office space, GEMS opted to rent the Kobo Segole Guest House conference room for R31,000 a month. Insiders said that this has been categorised as “wasteful expenditure”, but no one has been held responsible.
Mowana Properties on Friday confirmed collecting monthly rentals from GEMS coffers as per the “legally-binding” lease agreement between the two parties. Company spokesperson Ignatius Sathekge said Mowana was not responsible f Continue reading…
Medihelp is nou die mediese skema waarmee lede die meeste tevrede is.
Lede van mediese skemas is egter in die geheel beskou effens minder tevrede met hul produk as ’n jaar gelede.
Die tevredenheid van lede van Discovery Health Medical Scheme en van Bonitas het albei gedaal.
Dis onder die bevindings van die South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi) vir mediese skemas vir 2018, wat Donderdag uitgereik is.
Daarvolgens het die gemiddelde punt vir mediese skemas van 74,2 in 2017 tot 72,7 in 2018 gedaal. Dis uit ’n moontlike 100 punte.
Die grootste rede vir die daling is Suid-Afrikaners se “toenemende frustrasie met stygende premies en dalende voordele”. Hulle voel dat hulle minder waarde vir hul geld kry vergeleke met ander finansiële dienste, sê Schreuder.
Mediese skemas se premies het vanjaar met gemiddeld 9% gestyg, baie meer as waarmee kort- en langtermynversekering se premies gestyg het.
The findings of the Competition Commission’s Health Market Inquiry released today reveal what Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says he already knew – that private healthcare has become so exorbitantly expensive, even those on medical aid can’t afford it.
Moreover, the commission found – during its more than four-year-long investigation – that the market was characterised by high and rising costs of healthcare and medical scheme cover, disempowered and uninformed consumers, and a general absence of value-based purchasing.
“That private healthcare has become costlier and costlier has been proven today, some of us knew it long ago back in 2009 that private healthcare no longer affordable, even for people who are supposedly rich who are on medical aid can’t afford it,” Motsoaledi said at the briefing held in Sandton to announce the release of the much anticipated provisional report.
The majority of South Africa’s biggest medical aid schemes have released their prices for 2018, showing below 10% increases across all plans. According to the latest statistics released by the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), there are currently 82 medical aid schemes operating in South Africa with a total subscription of just under 8.9 million.. Continue reading…
The latest South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi) for medical aids in the country shows which groups have been the most successful in keeping their customers happy in 2016. A sample of 2,105 private medical aid policyholders in South Africa gave the health insurance industry a satisfaction score of 74.2 out of 100 in the.. Continue reading…