Introduction to Medical Aid Companies in South Africa

Hospital stays, doctor's room visits, emergency surgery and chronic medication... Medical expenses add up quickly, especially for families or individuals who have pre-existing conditions that require long-term care. Medical Aid plans are the best way to counter these hefty healthcare bills.

A cost-effective Medical Aid plan provides you with the right cover, one that will take care of your medical needs without breaking your budget. It's about finding a Medical Aid provider that offers the best value for money for you. With close on 50 open market Medical Aid companies in South Africa, finding the right plan can be overwhelming.

That's where Hippo comes in! You can compare a wide range of plans from the best Medical Aid providers in South Africa online and in real time.


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BestMed

Bestmed provides Medical Aid for approximately 196,000 lives and offers a choice of 13 plan options. Premiums for a single member range from R1,626 to R7,983 and Pace1 is the most popular option. Bestmed uses a network of hospitals, which helps reduce premiums and offers preventative-care benefits on all plan options.

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Bonitas

Bonitas is one of South Africa's top five largest open medical schemes and provides cover for approximately 710,000 lives. It offers a choice of 13 medical aid plan options, with Standard, the most popular option, providing maternity and preventative-care benefits. Premiums for a single member range from R1,159 to R7,207.

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Discovery

Discovery is South Africa's largest medical scheme and provides cover for approximately 2.8 million lives. It offers a choice of 23 Medical Aid options. Premiums for a single member range from R968 to R7,688 and the Classic Saver is the most popular option. All options offer maternity and preventative-care benefits.

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Fedhealth

Fedhealth provides affordable Medical Aid cover for approximately 144,000 lives and offers a choice of 15 plans. Premiums for a single member range from R1,023 to R9,470 and the flexiFED 4 plan is the most popular option. flexiFED plans offer hospitalisation benefits, with very limited savings available for day-to-day claims, but all options offer some preventative-care benefits.

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HEALTH SQUARED

HEALTH SQUARED provides cover for approximately 43,000 lives and offers a choice of 10 plans. Premiums for a single member range from R1,081 to R8,058. The scheme offers a Benefit Booster that includes preventative care.

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KeyHealth

KeyHealth provides cover for approximately 69,000 lives and offers a choice of 6 plan options. Premiums for a single member range from R1,554 to R8,761, with Gold being the most popular plan option. Preventative-care benefits and a maternity programme are offered through a Health Booster add-on on all options.

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Medihelp

Medihelp is one of the five largest medical schemes in South Africa and provides cover for approximately 200,000 people. It offers a choice of 10 options and premiums for a single member range from R597 (students) to R9,180. Prime 3 is the most popular option. All options offer maternity benefits and preventative-care benefits.

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Medshield

Medshield offers 10 different plan options and covers approximately 165,000 lives. Premiums for a single member range from R1,416 to R5,943. MediPlus, which includes a defined benefit pool for dentistry as well as optometry, is the most popular option.

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Momentum

Momentum provides cover for approximately 300,000 lives and is one of the five largest open South African medical schemes. It has 23 options to choose from, with premiums for a single member ranging from R439 to R10,187. The Health Platform Benefit offers a good maternity programme and preventative care benefits.

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Profmed

Profmed is a closed medical scheme designed exclusively for graduate professionals in South Africa. It offers a choice of 10 plan options and provides cover for approximately 70,000 lives. Premiums for a single member range from R690 to R8,178. Options include using a hospital of your choice or more affordable plans that use a network of hospitals.

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There are a lot of Medical Aid companies to choose from in South Africa. Each company has a different offering and cost. With all these choices, it is possible to find a great deal where you save money and benefit from great coverage. The only problem is making those decisions takes time and effort, but not when you Hippo it. Use our super-easy Medical Aid comparison tool to find the best Medical Aid deal to suit your needs.

This article is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as financial, legal or medical advice.