We face two threats of high costs - private hospitalisation and dentistry.
These are the basic areas you should cover with a medical aid.
This Blog explains why you really need an affordable medical aid!
All medical aids, including in-hospital only plans, must offer Prescribed Minimum Benefits (PMB) cover. This includes around 270 hospital procedures, treatment and medicines for 26 chronic illnesses.
PMBs apply in respect of conditions that, if left untreated, will result in death or detrimental quality of life. In terms of current legislation, this is cover you are entitled to from any medical aid plan.
Private care is just so expensive and the time to save a sufficiently big fund is just too short! The costs of hospitalisation are impossible be quantify.
Diverting money to build a medical fund, that is meant for your #1 goal of savings - a pension, is not a recommended financial strategy!
Joining a affordable in-hospital only plan and savings towards a pension is the real goal you should have!
If you need emergency treatment, without a medical aid, you will have to pay a deposit which can be substantial.
You may be denied treatment and referred to a government facility if you do not have the money.
And what if you need a hospital after hours?
A new medical scheme member, over the age of 35, is subject to a late joiner penalty.
The amount of the penalty is based on the number of years you have not been a medical aid member – the greater the years - the higher the penalty
It is a monthly penalty – for life and can be up to 75% per month!
You pay an added amount (as part of your monthly premium) which is added to this fund. However, you cannot use the money as you wish.
The medical scheme dictates how you use it.
They do not pay interest on your savings – like you would get in a bank account.
Yes, they do offer you a year’s worth of savings upfront and it takes time to accumulate your personal savings fund.
But, on plans with a safety net should you use your savings, there is a fee!
You don’t get your full allocation of monthly savings amounts in your fund.
Your own savings fund can be used for any other emergency expenses you may have to face.
Private hospitalisation and dentistry are the two highest cost threats we face.
It has cover for:
And best of all, affordable premiums from as little as R 1,850 pm!
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Last update: April 6, 2021
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