Affordable Medical Aid
The Medical Aid Bible team has been listening to some of our wonderful site users, and we have heard horror stories about how some of you are being overcharged for the Late Joiner Penalty. This enticed us to investigate how each scheme handles the penalty. We found some big irregularities.
The Medical Schemes Act cites its purpose as To consolidate the laws relating to registered medical schemes; to provide for the establishment of the Council for Medical Schemes as a juristic person; to provide for the appointment of the Registrar of Medical Schemes; to make provision for the registration and control of certain activities of medical schemes; to protect the interests of members of medical schemes; to provide for...
October is breast cancer awareness month, and therefore it's a good time as any to investigate how your medical aid covers a mammogram. Below we list all the plans for which schemes pay for mammograms.
From the look of things thus far, 2017 will see a hefty increase in premium contributions across all medical aid schemes. Certainly, the schemes that have already reported their increase at the time of this post (Oct 4) have all increased their premiums by more than the CPI index
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Did you know that the cheapest open medical aid plan in South Africa costs R212pm, and that the cheapest Discovery medical aid plan is R290pm? Granted, these plans are income based. Find out more.

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Pregnancy cover if you don’t have medical aid

Pregnancy is considered a medical condition, and as such is subject to waiting periods when you join/change medical aid schemes. Waiting Periods If you have not had medical aid for more than 90 days and are pregnant, a scheme can impose a 12 month waiting period on your pregnancy, meaning that...
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Help us crowdsource information about the Late Joiner Penalty

The Medical Aid Bible team has been listening to some of our wonderful site users, and we have heard horror stories about how some of you are being overcharged for the Late Joiner Penalty. This enticed us to investigate how each scheme handles the penalty. We found some big irregularities.

Our complaint against Bestmed re late joiner penalty

We investigated all the open medical schemes, and discovered some discrepancies in how some schemes are representing the late joiner penalties (LJP). Bestmed was one of those schemes.

Our complaint against Commed re late joiner penalty

We investigated all the open medical schemes, and discovered some discrepancies in how some schemes are representing the late joiner penalties (LJP). Commed was one of those schemes.

Our complaint against Genesis re late joiner penalty

We investigated all the open medical schemes, and discovered some discrepancies in how some schemes are representing the late joiner penalties (LJP). Genesis was one of those schemes.

Is your late joiner penalty worked out correctly?

We have found that some schemes and brokers misrepresent or miscalculate how the late joiner penalty is applied. We have laid three complaints with the Council of Medical Schemes. If you are paying a late joiner penalty, you can use the information on this page to determine if you are paying the correct penalty.

Should a medical aid scheme pay for experimental treatment?

Should medical schemes fund experimental treatments if they are a member's only option for survival?