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Where do your medical aid contributions go?

The current legislative environment has created a complex market place for medical schemes to operate in. This results in a lot of confusion around medical benefits and members are often left feeling frustrated and under the impression that they are not “getting out what they’re putting in”.

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From the engine room

In the last few editions of Elixir, we have been using this space to provide you with first-hand accounts from our Board members. In this final edition, Karen Schlemmer will be sharing her story with us.

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Non-disclosure can be bad for your health

When you want to join a medical scheme, you are required to disclose any health issue or condition that you have received treatment for, or that you are currently being treated for. If you don’t, you are practising something called “non-disclosure”.



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Talking to your doctor about reducing healthcare costs

Money is tight for most, but cutting corners when it comes to your health is never a good idea. We suggest sitting down with your doctor and explaining the situation. Together, you can find a strategy that will benefit you.

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What’s up doc? How to speak to your GP

When you only have 15 minutes to speak to your doctor at your appointed session, you often scramble to get the most out of your visit. But what do you do when you feel like your doctor isn’t listening to you?

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Respiratory and allergic diseases – not to be sneezed at!

Scientists have shown that climate change is occurring and our planet is heating up. It seems that our activities are negatively affecting the environment, and in turn, we are being affected by the rise in temperature.

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The cost of chronic conditions

As you know, the medical scheme climate is in flux thanks to new and draft bills that have been presented recently. This begs the question “how healthy is my Scheme?” While there are challenges, we are in a good place right now.

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The grass isn’t always greener on the other side – things to consider when switching medical schemes

We all get fed up with the services we need most at one time or another, but switching to another medical scheme provider is not something you should do on a whim. There are important factors to consider before moving on.

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South Africa’s bill of health

On 21 June 2018, the Health Minister presented the National Health Insurance Bill, as well as the draft Medical Schemes Amendment Bill. What will these proposed changes mean for medical schemes and their members?

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Update on the Competition Commission Inquiry

The Competition Commission conducted a market inquiry into the private healthcare sector to determine whether competition is working or if it can be improved. This inquiry was set up in 2013 and finally, we have some answers.

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