All South Africans have access to the public health system and, despite the many criticisms aimed at the system, it compares very well with many first world public health systems such as that found in Britain and the United States.
It is an unfortunate truth, however, that the South African public health system is seriously overburdened. More than eighty percent of the population depend upon this system and it does not always cope well with the overwhelming demand.
The alternative is to pay for a medical aid plan that will ensure treatment by private doctors and specialists and access to privately owned hospitals.
Private health care is expensive and many people simply cannot afford it. In addition, many people that are members of medical schemes find that their specific plans do not cover all the cost of their treatment and that they are liable to pay large sums of money despite the fact that they are covered by a medical aid. It is these people that can truly benefit from medical insurance.
What exactly is health insurance?
Medical insurance plans are not the same thing as medical scheme plans. Many insurance companies offer this type of insurance without being registered as a medical scheme. It could be seen as similar to the policies that people buy to cover their house content or their vehicles.
The insurance pays out a certain amount when certain criteria are met. In this case, the insurance will pay a specific sum for each day that policy holders spend in hospital. The amount varies according to the policy chosen but it typically varies between three thousand and five thousand rand per day. The following factors may clarify matters further:
Who should consider getting this type of insurance?
There can be little doubt that medical insurance can help to limit the cost of treatment in hospitals. Hospitalization alone is already traumatic for most people but the cost of such treatment can certainly multiply the stress. © Medical Aid Plan
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Your medical aid quote will include options to suit your pocket. Please ensure that the cover you select is exactly what you need and that you understand exactly what insurance you are buying. Do not hesitate to ask questions about the medical aid or hospital cover you choose.