Post-holiday health paranoia

The holidays are a time to reconnect with friends and family, take time out to relax and recuperate, and for many to visit new and exciting destinations. These destinations often come with added health risks such as becoming infected with yellow fever, malaria, typhoid and hepatitis A.


According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, 22% - 64% of travelers to developing countries report health problems and seek medical attention within 1 month of returning home. In some cases the symptoms can take months or years to appear. Visiting your doctor soon after visiting another country may be crucial to your health.


For many South Africans, the start of the year is a convenient time to visit the doctor as most medical savings plans and chronic medication contributions kick in in January. If you do not have medical aid or are unsure of whether you have the right cover for your medical needs, you can compare quotes and benefits online.


Derek Wilson, Head of the price comparison website for insurance and more, says, “One way in which people are able to save on medical aid cover, is by comparing prices and benefits from a range of South African medical aid providers before they buy or switch their medical aid provider.” offers a free to use, quick and easy medical aid comparison service, which allows consumers to view the monthly premium and medical aid benefits across a range of different providers such as Discovery Health, Liberty, Resolution Health, Momentum, Medihelp, Keyhealth, Profmed, Bestmed, Bonita’s, Topmed, Spectramed & Fedhealth.



Established in 2007, is South Africa’s leading comparison website that helps consumers save money by comparing a range of SA providers across financial products such as car insurance, home insurance, life insurance, medical and more. Hippo is free to use and saves consumers the time and hassle of shopping around for the best deal since the website instantly retrieves real-time quotes from the different providers using the latest Internet technology. At least 8 out of 10 people could save an average of R427 per month* on their car insurance. makes money by simply charging its partners a fee when a customer chooses to find out more about their products. The results consumers see, and the order in which they are presented, is in no way influenced by the fee charges its partners or any other factors other than the price of the product being compared. 


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Hippo Comparative Services (Pty) Ltd is an authorized financial services provider (FSP number: 16357).


*Average savings based on a representative market research survey conducted by Kaufman Levin Associates, on behalf of in May 2014.  Risk Profile Dependent.

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