Is low-cost private medical cover a thing of the past?

Is low-cost private medical cover a thing of the past?
Major shifts continue to rock health care access in South Africa

Recently, it was announced that medical aids might no longer be allowed to offer low-cost benefit options for people who cannot afford to pay for full medical aid cover.

Dr Avron Urison
Dr Avron Urison - Head of HealthCare
3 March 2020 | 1 minute read
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These low cost benefit options allowed people who do not earn a lot of money to still access some private health care.

However, a government organisation called the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has issued a circular (official notice) stating that these options must be scrapped.

The Council says that the decision is meant to help protect consumers, as well as to make way for the National Health Insurance.

The Council has said it believes that the low cost benefit options were not completely fair to the customers paying for them.

However, other organisations have said that the move is not a good idea as the plans were helping poor to middle-income South Africans get excellent medical care.

Two of the main private health care providers are appealing against the move.

What alternatives do you have?

Amidst this uncertainty, consider a different kind of health care cover such as that offered by Legal&Tax Services.

Our HealthCare Plan offers a flexible pay-out for medical emergencies. You then choose how you want to use it, towards whatever expenses are most urgent for you. We now offer both family and individual plans, so you can select the cover that suits your needs.

We also offer:

  • Private emergency ambulance response and transportation
  • A telephonic nurse on call
  • Trauma counselling
  • An online health hub of key information on how to stay healthy

With Legal&Tax you're not alone

Contact our caring experts for further information and allow Legal&Tax Services to be your trusted companion when it comes to healthcare.

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