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The Pros and Cons of Medical Aid Schemes

February 27, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 161

As you explore the pros and cons of medical aid schemes, you will come to realize they are a necessary evil. Even though amount of money that you pay for premiums can be upsetting, it is simply too risky to be out there without any coverage. You can get hurt one time or have one medical problem but end up spending all your savings to pay for it. If you don't have any savings, you may end up paying for years to get those bills all squared away.


The more competition there is the more you are going to find a great deal. Your goal should be to find great coverage and a decent price. This allows you to find the most benefit from medical aid schemes. It doesn't make sense to pay for crappy coverage but that can occur if you don't compare offers. You can do this by getting free quotes from providers you call or looking around online.

Peace of mind is important to have in your life, and you can get it with a medical aid scheme in place. There is no way to know for sure when you may need to see a doctor or be admitted to the hospital. You don't need the additional stress of worrying about how you will pay for it. Any help you can get from your plan is going to mean less you pay out of pocket.

Better medical care is also available to those medical aid. They tend to be able to see the better doctors and stay at the more expensive hospitals with the latest technology. They can afford to go see specialists that help them get to the core of what ails them. They also have the opportunity to get help paying for medicine that can help them to get better as well.


There is usually a waiting period with any new medical aid scheme. That period of time is usually 3 months but it can vary based on the coverage provider. It can be tough to swallow if you end up with medical bills during that period of time. What is even more upsetting is that you do have to pay your premium during this period of time.

Your coverage likely isn't going to cover everything. Therefore, even if you have medial aid you may still end up with co-pays, deductibles, and overages that you are responsible for. There could be procedures and medications that your coverage won't pay at all. For those elements, you have to pay all of it on your own. If you need ongoing medicine the cost can add up for you over time.

It can be tough to be able to keep those premiums paid. Yet if they don't get paid then coverage can lapse. It can be hard to get the coverage again and that means you would be out there with nothing. With the cost of everything increasing many people simply don't have enough funds in their budget for it all.

The author is the content coordinator for a site about medical aids in South Africa. To read more, visit

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