A Guide to Your First Medical Aid

In South Africa alone, out of a total of 80 different medical aid schemes, there are 20 open schemes of which anyone is free to join. For a first-timer, the choice can be daunting.



Breast Reduction Surgery – Why Won’t Medical Aids Cover?

More than the struggle to find well-fitting clothing, the volume and weight of disproportionately large breasts cause a woman numerous physical problems that can have far-reaching psychological repercussions.



Will Your Insurance Cover COVID-19

Will Your Insurance Cover COVID-19? Yes, possibly. But there’s a lot more you need to know about coronavirus and life insurance coverage.



Does Medical Aid Have to Be So Complex?

The new generation of medical aid customers are curious, want to understand the details, and expect great customer service. But the complexities of the medical aid industry makes choosing one – specifically the right one – not a simple matter.



Mammograms & Pap Smears – Do Medical Aids Cover?

Breast cancer, followed by cervical cancer and cancer of the uterus, is one of the most common cancers among South African women and the number of incidences are increasing.



The difference between Medical Aids & Hospital Plans

Are you considering getting a full medical aid or a hospital plan? Whether you're young and healthy, or have a family with more demanding healthcare needs, it's a smart move to understand what type of cover would suit you.



Medical Aid for Young Married Couples

As a young, married couple, when taking out medical aid you should focus primarily on your health needs. First, bear in mind the major medical concerns as well as chronic medication requirements, then consider your lifestyle and finances and how they fit into the structure of the medical aid plan.



Medical Aid Advice for Singles in Their Thirties

The thirties are that stage of life when you're likely to have established yourself in a steady job or career. You've probably also made some big purchases, such as, a house and car leaving very little in the kitty to save for a rainy day.



What is Gap Cover?

While you may have some form of medical aid plan, depending on its structure, more often than not the scheme will not cover all the doctor and other specialist fees, or all procedures in hospital. Medical gap cover pays the difference between the medical aid rates and the higher actual cost charged.



Medical Aid Providers

As consumers we sometimes tend to think that when it comes to certain products, it's better to go for the bigger brand names. In some cases and industries, this may be true – where their continuing research and development initiatives or advanced technologies are advantageous to you as a consumer.



Comprehensive Medical Aid - Is it for you

In a survey by Stats SA in February 2019, it was found that on average, medical-aid schemes increased their tariffs by 8,3%, slightly higher than the 8,0% average recorded in 2018. In 2020, the upward trend continues, with South Africans seeing average increases as high as 10%.



Your Medical Aid & Health Insurance Options

One of the most common questions medical aid providers receive is “What’s the difference between medical aid and medical insurance?” As consumers, we may be forgiven for thinking they’re the same, and in some ways they are.



Which Are the Best Medical Aid Schemes in 2020?

There are more than 150 'open' medical schemes in South Africa. These are schemes that any member of the public is allowed to join subject to the rules of the scheme.



Switching Medical Aids in 2020

Many people don't realise it but it's important to reassess your medical aid scheme every year. Schemes themselves will revise their benefits annually, so members should do the same to understand whether they're receiving the optimum value based on their individual needs.



The Most Cost Effective Medical Aid in 2020

In 2020, savvy consumers are looking to cut costs, scale down, and consume less. From clothes to cars, we're always on the hunt for the best value for money, and it should be no different with our medical aid. But making medical aid decisions is less fun and more cumbersome than choosing a SUV and takes a little discipline.



What to Look for When Comparing Medical Aids

With the vast array of medical aid schemes available in South Africa along with their own plethora of plans on offer, it's not surprising consumers are confused. Naturally, you want to begin by comparing the ones that fit your needs to find which of those offer the best value for money.



2 Ways to Financially Prepare for a Baby

Planning for a baby can be one of the most exciting times in a person’s life, from going gaga over tiny, cute clothing, to falling in love with the very first ultrasound photo. The joy of welcoming a new life is limitless, but sometimes it can seem like the costs are too.



How Technology Is Changing Healthcare

Technology has been transforming medicine and healthcare in a big way for decades. Our very own Christiaan Barnard changed the medical field forever when he performed the first successful heart transplant on December 3, 1967.



11 diet trends from the last decade

It’s hard to believe that 2009, the year that Avatar was the most popular movie and people danced to the Black Eyed Peas’ Boom Boom Pow, was 10 years ago. In that time, many fad diets have come, gone, and come again. Food science has changed vastly in the past few decades and has caused many heated debates on what’s healthy and unhealthy for the human body. Confusingly, different studies and research support both sides of food debates, so it’s hard to know what and how we should eat.



The Hidden Costs of Pregnancy

Being pregnant is a wonderful time which shouldn’t be overshadowed by worrying about how you’re going to afford being a parent. While medical aid may go a long way to help manage the costs of pre- and post-natal care, there are other expenses that you can be prepared for to ensure your pregnancy is nine months of bliss.



What is a babymoon and 6 reasons why you should take one

Your lives are busy. With work, family, and friends, making quality time can be difficult for many couples. When your baby arrives, having time to connect with your partner alone will be nearly impossible for a while. On a babymoon, it’s just the two of you to help strengthen your relationship even more.



What You Need to Know About Childhood Nutrition

There are many ways to give your children the best possible future, such as saving for their education or having life insurance that will help care for them should the worst happen to you. However, did you know that every time you feed them you’re planning for their future? What they eat when they’re young can have an effect on their health for the rest of their lives.



Why Your Bone Health Matters

Worldwide, one in every three women and one in every five men over 50 years old will fracture a bone due to osteoporosis, a progressive disease that causes bones to become weak and brittle. It occurs in one of two ways – either bones lose their density or the body doesn’t make enough bone. Either way, this forms large holes and spaces within bones and makes them easily breakable.



Things to Consider: Medical Aid and Pregnancy

If you’re pregnant or are planning on having a baby, you probably can’t wait to do the fun stuff, like picking out names and buying cute clothes that you secretly wish came in adult sizes.



How to go About a Digital Detox

With smartphone adoption at an all time high, we have the world at our fingertips. A swipe of the screen and a touch of a button later, we’ve got all the information we need at any given time. While this has certainly made our lives easier in some regards, it has also led to an overload of information as we check our phones and tablets throughout the day, even when we’re out with friends.



Five Money Mistakes to Avoid

There are certain money mistakes that can cost you for the rest of your life, such as taking on too much debt or failing to save enough for your retirement. Ensure you remain financially stable by avoiding the following five money mistakes from a list compiled by three financial advisors who work with people and their money every single day



Volunteering is Good For Your Health

If you have ever volunteered your time before, you might have noticed a mood lift, or bursts of satisfaction, happiness and elation. Volunteering is an unselfish act of giving of your free time and resources to those who need your help, and in due course you may experience the results of all your efforts, and even build a community of friends with whom you enjoy a shared interest and passion.



Medical Aid: Terms You Need to Know

It might be the perfect time to review your Medical Aid policy and decide whether you’ll need to upgrade or downgrade your current plan. But, deciding on the right scheme or plan can be daunting, as you’re constantly bombarded with Medical Aid jargon. Luckily, this year you’ll be in the know. We’ve taken a closer look at some Medical Aid terms to help you understand what they mean, so you can make an informed decision.



What Happens When You Catch the Common Cold?

At some point in the year, some of us are likely to experience the unpleasant symptoms of the common cold – a runny nose, sore throat, coughing, and body ache. We are especially vulnerable during the winter months when our immune system slows down and we spend more time indoors.



Quick Guide to Filing Income Tax Returns

Tax return season for individuals officially opened on 1 July 2017. If you are a South African citizen, you may need to submit an income tax return to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) over the next couple of months (deadlines to be announced). The purpose of filing an income tax return is for SARS to determine how much money you owe the government or if you're due for a tax rebate.



Unhealthy Food That May Be Good for You

While conventional wisdom tells us to stay away from meals served in foam containers or paper wraps, not all unhealthy food is bad for one's health. Hippo.co.za reached out to two nutrition experts to find out which foods, snacks and beverages traditionally considered dietary no-no's, may actually have positive health outcomes when taken in very limited portions and cooked the right way.



How to Stay Fit at Work

An office job pays our monthly expenses but being confined to a desk for 7-8 hours a day does not benefit our body’s well-being. And, even though you may go to the gym for a couple of hours on a regular basis, sitting at your desk for so many hours is not really ideal for your spine. That’s why we asked two fitness experts to fill us in on how one can stay fit with an office job.



Medicine Cabinet Essentials for Parents

It’s an inevitable part of being a parent that at some point you’ll have a sick child on your hands. For more serious illnesses like chickenpox or ear infections, you’ll probably have to make a trip to the doctor, but for minor things like scrapes and cuts, sniffles and tummy bugs you can usually buy over-the-counter medicine to help relieve your little one’s discomfort.



The Rise of Wellness Holidays

In the past, holidays were all about working on your tan, lounging by the swimming pool and eating too many pastries at the restaurant’s buffet. But, with the growing worldwide trend of personal health and wellness on the rise, holidays have become about much more than that – they’ve become another chance to work on your long-term health, another health investment on top of your Medical Aid plan.



Strange Illnesses You May Not Have Heard Of

Many of us fear being diagnosed with common diseases such as cancer or diabetes, but for a small percentage of the population, visiting a doctor has yielded more terrifying results. More people than you might think, worldwide, suffer from strange and shocking illnesses, many of which you may never have heard of. In this article, you’ll learn more about these conditions, which continue to perplex the medical industry.



2016: The Year to Eat Your Beans

Beans. Lentils. Chickpeas. These humble foodstuffs are probably not on the top of your favourite foods list. However, the United Nations is hoping to change all of that by declaring 2016 “The Year of the Pulse”, an initiative aimed at encouraging consumers to eat more of this healthy food type.



Disgusting Things You May Be Eating

Are you aware of what you're eating? Of course you are, otherwise you wouldn't have ordered your favourite burger from your local fast food outlet. But do you know what it consists of? It may just seem like a tasty compilation of a bun, beef patty, cheese and tomato, but there may be more to that burger than meets the eye.



The Science of Happiness

We all seem to strive for a state of happiness. We berate ourselves when we are anything but. However, happy is not all we are. It is one emotion in the human experience and if we pressure ourselves to just be this thing called happy, it can often elude us. But, how do we define this fundamental pursuit of human behaviour? Recent neuroscientific research gives us new evidence on how happiness is created.



South Africa’s Greatest Treks

As we run between cubicles and stare at LED monitors for hours on end, we often forget that South Africa is a land of adventure, filled with unforgettable journeys - but it's up to you to embark on them. The holiday season is fast approaching and with the weather warming up, it is a perfect time to experience some of the greatest treks in South Africa.



SA Climate and Health Risks

For the last few months, the south-western parts of South Africa have eagerly awaited the time when the sun stops hiding behind grey banks of clouds. Summer has finally arrived and now that the days are longer and warmer, we may feel more inspired to hit the beach, have a picnic in the park or resume our favourite outdoor activities.



Your Guide to Switching Medical Aid

We all have different needs when it comes to our health and Medical Aid scheme. While you may have been with your current Medical Aid provider for quite some time now, it might be a good idea to review your current plan and ask the right questions such as how its provisions suit your current state of health.



A Fool's Guide to Living Longer

For centuries, society has been captivated by the idea of a prolonged existence. Attempts to extend human life have ranged from pursuits of mythical substances in ancient times, to more recent stem-cell research and anti-aging treatments.



Kicking Bad Habits That Will Lead to a Healthier You

Chances are that from the minute you woke up this morning to the time you started reading this article you will have resorted to habitual behaviour at some point. Some of these tendencies have become so integrated into our daily routine that they occur almost automatically.



How Health Experts Feel About Your Self Diagnosis

A good medical aid policy may prevent growing cyberchondria. Find out what South African health experts think of your Internet based self-diagnosis.



Stay in Shape this Winter

With winter here, many of us feel less motivated to work out and stay active. The days have become shorter and darker, the temperatures have dropped and all we really want to do is seek the warmth of the covers and the fireplace,rather than hit the gym.



An Insurance Tale of Two Families

It’s a fact of life that every day we face some uncertainty about what could go wrong, what challenges we could face and what the outcome could be if the worst did happen.



Cancer Warriors tell us their tales of survival

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and is widely promoted across the globe. Reported as the most common form of the cancer disease among women in South Africa, the prevalence and rate of diagnosis is becoming more and more of a concern.



Does your medical aid cover invasive medical procedures?

Before signing on the dotted line and choosing a suitable health insurance or medical aid plan, it would be to your advantage to have a look at the health cover that you’re entitled to. Your benefits are likely to be determined by the medical aid plan of



Sustainable materials: The cost-effective home building guide

A healthier home equals a healthier you. Which is why the move towards sustainable materials is no longer a nice-to-have but the status quo for designers, architects and eco-friendly home renovators.



Why medical aid matters in South Africa

Sometimes living in South Africa can feel like a serious gamble. Just prior to this publication, we posted a detailed article on the state of South African roads which didn’t paint a rosy picture. In this article we look at the leading causes of natural a



The Truth About Vitamin C

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Comparing the Most Globally Popular Life Saving Apps

Globally people are using phone apps, bands and bracelets which are either said to directly improve their health or monitor aspects of it.



Hospital Cover VS Comprehensive Medical Health Cover

The healthcare sector in South Africa remains under reform, with costs rising in the private health sector and more and more lower to middle income groups of the population, unable to qualify for public health insurance.



5 Lifestyle Choices of Healthy and Unhealthy People

Whether you're living a healthy existence or not, life insurance is a wise choice for your family's sake - but what other considerations are there?



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