Medical Schemes

There are a large number of medical schemes in South Africa. To some extent the words ‘medical aids’ and ‘medical schemes’ are used interchangeably. In other cases such companies are either called one or the other.
To confuse matters further, some companies are called medical aid schemes!
Listed below are links to more information about each medical scheme. These are also links to medical scheme related subjects.
When deciding which of the medical schemes to join, we encourage you to take your time and do your research. Your decision will affect your health cover, and that or your family, for many years to come.


Healthcare Insurance Industry Threatened by Technology

The international healthcare insurance industry is under threat from digital healthcare. Technology enables us to detect cause and effect before we get sick, a British science and technology writer warns. Tom Standage, digital editor of the Economist, was talking at the recent Pricewaterhouse…


Fewer People Will Be Able to Afford Medical Aid

No-one can possibly know what medical emergencies lie ahead for them in 2019. In spite of this, most South Africans don’t have sufficient medical cover. Fewer people afford medical aid. And many others don’t have any kind of medical cover such as a…


Clientele Medical Scheme

Clientele Medical Scheme isn’t quite a traditional medical aid. Clientele is a life insurance provider that offers unique policies covering you in the event of hospitalisation. How Does the Scheme Work? Rather than joining up as a member of the scheme, you purchase…


Why medical aid is a must for maintaining your health and well-being

We often want to ditch those grudge payments we feel we must pay. But we need to resist the urge to splurge on superficial services. Instead, we should ensure we have a comprehensive medical aid in place. That is so we can preserve…


Cheap Medical Scheme for All

Let’s face it, in South Africa there are some pretty costly medical aids. And in today’s economic climate you’ve got to do your research for everything. And that includes searching for a cheap medical scheme that will also offer you value for money.…


Minister of Health Wades into Private Sector Health Care

South Africa faces health system equity challenges. In fact, some 43% of total health care expenditure goes to private health insurance schemes. And these cover only 16% of the population. Health care in South Africa is no longer caring, helpful and skilled. There…


Open Letter from Genesis Medical Aid March 2016

Open letter from Genesis to its members in March 2016: Dear Member At Genesis, we believe that the scheme is its members and the members are the scheme. Therefore, decisions taken by the Board of Trustees and the actions taken by management must…


A Look Ahead at Healthcare Issues in 2016

The South African healthcare industry has experienced rapid change over the last decade or so. 2015 in particular saw a number of healthcare issues coming to a head. Healthcare is a major priority for the public in general. And yet information around developments…


Medical Gap Cover Costs Rocket

The very thing that cash strapped South Africans regard as their lifeline, medical gap cover, costs – go up beyond what is considered the norm. People with medical aids in South Africa have already switched to inferior plans . Medical aids are cutting…


Complaint About Access to Medical Scheme Benefits

An article about the role of a medical practitioner in a complaint by a member concerning access to medical scheme benefits. By Neil Kirby, Director: Healthcare and Life Sciences Law at Werksmans Attorneys Lodging a complaint with a medical scheme can be a…