Medical aid too costly? 'Medical insurance' is far cheaper and it provides a lot
Medical aids – even hospital plans – are so expensive, only a minority of employed South Africans can afford them.
They are so expensive, in part, because they must provide members with prescribed minimum benefits (PMBs) which covers 270 conditions and 25 chronic diseases.
“Medical insurance” might come in handy if you are one of the unlucky many who cannot afford medical aid.
It is cheaper, partly because it does not have to provide PMBs.
However, for the price (they start at R397 per month), it provides a heck of a lot such as (but not limited to):
Unlimited GP visits
Unlimited acute and chronic medication
Over the counter medication
Set amount for specialists
Another benefit of medical insurance it that there are no late-joiner fees such as those charged by medical schemes.
Refilwe Moloto asked Johan Josling (CEO at Episodic Health) to explain the differences between medical aid and medical insurance.
Health insurance offers an alternative to medical schemes. It covers you against unforeseen medical expenses… It’s governed by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority. Medical schemes are covered by the Council for Medical Schemes.Johan Josling, CEO - Episodic Health
Health insurance solutions are much cheaper than medical aid, but there’s a good reason for it… Waiting periods differ… There are no late-joiner penalties with health insurance products…Johan Josling, CEO - Episodic Health
Our solutions start at R397 a month, covering you for basic primary care… things such as unlimited GP visits, acute and chronic medication, over the counter medication, basic radiology and pathology, basic dentistry, limited optometry and a set amount for specialists… all that for R397.Johan Josling, CEO - Episodic Health
You should see health insurance as complementary to medical aid, not a substitute…. A lot of people run out of their savings portion of their medical aid early in the year... For R397 per month, you are covered for unlimited GP visits – it doesn’t matter how many times you go in a year… Also, your acute and chronic meds – that cannot run out…Johan Josling, CEO - Episodic Health
Listen to the interview in the audio below.
Source : https://previews.123rf.com/images/rawpixel/rawpixel1810/rawpixel181022683/110910172-friendly-pediatrician-entertaining-his-patient.jpg
Refilwe Moloto chats to Education strategy consultant Raees Khan and education law specialist Dr Jaco Deacon about matric results.Read More
Western Cape Education Department Senior Curriculum Planner: Life Orientation/Life Skills Ismail Teladia talks to Refilwe Moloto.Read More
Refilwe Moloto shone the spotlight on SA's STEM education as part of Wednesday's Big Breakfast Broadcast on CapeTalk.Read More
R35 billion spent by members out of their savings, which is their own money, or out of pocket this past year, says Mark Hyman.Read More
Lawyer Craig Berkowitz outlines when it is compulsory for employees to join a medical aid scheme selected by an employer.Read More
The former head of SA Secret Service says overall architecture once had in 1994 no longer matches the problem SA has today.Read More
All the interviews from the BIG Breakfast Broadcast with Refilwe Moloto on "South African Tourism, Reimagined".Read More
"Fly south! Come here for the summer! This is going to be a great place in the summer," says Premier Alan Winde.Read More
Tour operator and owner of Beyond the Vine Robbie Knoetze normally catered to international tourists visiting the Western Cape.Read More