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FOCUS

Member-oriented scheme makes medical aid affordable. Selfmed Medical Scheme is one of the oldest medical schemes in South Africa, having been established more than 50 years ago.

Christo Becker

Affordability is a key component of Selfmed's offering. As Christo Becker, Principal Officer of Selfmed, says, “We pride ourselves in bringing affordable options to the South African market and making medical aid more accessible.” Selfmed has six

Selfmed prides itself on having a very strong member focus. Becker, who has previously worked as a paramedic and a hospital manager believes, “All of us share the passion and we want to ensure our members receive good healthcare.” Becker believes that the recent White Paper related to the planned National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme did not address a number of issues. He says, “We all support the idea that healthcare should be accessible to all,” but issues not tackled include what the basket of care will look like and who will provide the care. He notes that the parameters of the NHI will likely change during its implementation. Becker is upbeat about the state of the South African healthcare system in the international context, and supports a collaborative approach to tackling the future of healthcare. He says: “I believe that the private healthcare system in South Africa – private medical care and medical insurance – is equal to the best in the world. Many of our doctors and medical professionals go overseas for training or to attend medical conferences and we have some of the most advanced medical equipment in the world in our private hospitals. “Furthermore, in countries like the USA, medical care is far more expensive than it generally is in South Africa. Ideally, representatives of the entire healthcare industry here should get together to discuss challenges and collaborate on viable ways to solve these so that quality healthcare can be made accessible to more people.”

medical aid options:

• SelfNET Essential: an entry-level product is the

most affordable as it covers a narrow band of benefits. • SelfNET: one level up from the Essential option with more benefits and medical cover. • MedXX1: a hospital plan that extends beyond the prescribed minimum benefits and pays out at 100% of scheme rates for covered in-hospital treatment and in-hospital doctor’s consultations. • Selfsure: an option that provides in-hospital and out-of-hospital benefits and is a great choice for a family with young children. • Med Elite: a broader hospital plan that covers additional conditions including greater coverage for oncology expenses, hip, knee and back operations. • Selfmed 80%: 80% of bills relating to a wide range of conditions are covered.

www.selfmed.co.za

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