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.

Oct
16

Moto Health Care to Drive You into the Future

The Moto Health Care medical aid is for people in the automotive industry. It is a restricted medical aid – a bargaining council fund and is registered with the South African Council for Medical Schemes. Moto has been around since October 2007. Moto…

Oct
16

Medical Schemes Don’t Want to Pay for C-Sections Any More

An official of the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has reported that medical schemes are unhappy with the number of C-sections claims by South African women. Dr Anton de Villiers, head of research and monitoring at the CMS, says a massive 71% of…

Sep
8

Medical Schemes Do Well Despite Few New Members

If your place of employment provides medical aid cover for you,  good and well. But these days, many South Africans are holding off joining  a medical scheme because they can’t afford it. But they should, because medical schemes do well in SA. People…

Sep
6

Medical Scheme Amendments Cause Unease

The Health Department is working on an amendment to a section of the Medical Schemes Act. This could mean a win-win medical scheme amendments for both subscribers and medical aid schemes. If enforced, these amendments could mean that members won’t need to carry…

Aug
19

Medical Scheme Choice Can Pose Difficulties for South Africans

GTC Healthcare Consulting recently released the 2015 Medical Aid Survey. The study highlighted the profound complexities within medical scheme choice and structures. These can be difficult for consumers to decipher in order to make a decision on which scheme best suits their needs.…

Aug
19

Metropolitan Medical Scheme

South Africa’s health system is made up of the large public sector as well as the private sector. Open medical aids such as Metropolitan medical scheme are part of the private sector healthcare landscape. Healthcare can be anything from the most basic offered…

Aug
18

Medical Aid Schemes Moving in Right Direction?

Most South Africans on the street today will tell you that medical aid schemes are liars and thieves. They feel that these organisations will stop at nothing to bump up their margins, even denying members vital healthcare services. The publishing of a draft…

Jul
21

CMS Disciplinary Inquiry Head Recommends Settlement

The saga of Monwabisi Gantsho, the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) registrar continues. The Department of Health had suspended him. Now it seems that Nazeer Cassim, Head of the CMS Commission of Inquiry, is looking at a settlement with Gantsho. This case is…

Jul
21

Medical Schemes Improve In SAcsi Survey But Customers Still Not Happy

A survey conducted by independent firm South Africa Customer Satisfaction Index (SACSI), found that the majority of policyholders in the country are unhappy with their medical schemes. Significantly SAcsi interviewed more than 3,000 customers of South Africa’s leading medical aid providers including Discovery…

Jun
14

High Cost of Medicine Hits Medical Schemes

Recently there was a Discovery Health Summit held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Delegates at the Summit heard that the cost of medicine for chronic diseases was too high. This was threatening the sustainability of South Africa’s medical aid industry. Delegates heard that medical…