Medical aid is perfect for individuals looking for a comprehensive medical cover in South Africa. The cheapest medical aid option ranges from about R1 200 - R2 000 pm.
As regulated by the medical aid schemes act of South Africa, medical aid covers Prescribed Minimum Benefits (PMB). This way medical aid schemes must cover certain minimum benefits.
Comprehensive medical aid doesn't provide personal cover for dread disease of disability cover like health insurance* does. It does not pay out a lump sum that you can use for any other purposes.
TIP: It is advisable to combine a medical aid option with health insurance* that will pay out funds that you can use. This way you can ensure overall health cover.
The cheaper option provided by most medical aid schemes, these options includes hospital benefits, day-to-day expenses and chronic medication benefits. Ideal for those looking for a comprehensive medical aid cover but don't want the savings benefits that is associated with comprehensive medical aid options.
Unlike the cheaper medical aid options, as listed above, this is comprehensive medical aid cover. These types of options has a savings component associated and covers almost every other medical expenses as well. These options is ideal for families or older members that wants comprehensive medical cover for almost every possible risk.
Also part of the medical aid scheme options, this mostly covers members when hospitalised and does not focus on the day-to-day benefits associated with hospitalisation.
Health Insurance is an insurance policy that covers certain benefits to its members. It provides members with a R200 000 per year non-medical expenses cover. A lump sump of R20 000 is also paid to the member if he/she is hospitalised for more than 72 hours. Included is a cash lump sump payout of R2 000 per day should your hospitalisation be more than 10 days. You can cover up to 4 children at no extra cost.
A health insurance* policy also includes R200 000 cover dread disease, death & accidental disability. It also includes maternity benefit.
* Health Insurance pays out to you directly and can be used to cover non-medical expenses as a result of hospitalisation. Health Insurance is not a medical aid scheme and the cover is not the same as that of a medical scheme.
Health Insurance is an insurance plan that pays R200 000 per year as a result of your hospitalisation, such as loss of income or other related expenses. This cover allows you to cover any gaps that includes in your existing medical aid.