What to Look for When Comparing Medical Aids (2024)

If you’re an ordinary member of the public, you have 20 open market medical aid schemes to choose from. (The others only being open to certain professional organisations or companies.) So how can you effectively compare them to find the one that’s just right for you? Let’s take you through it.

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