BIG price hikes coming to THESE medical aid schemes
Three major medical aid schemes are preparing big price hikes. The question is, are cash-strapped South Africans ready?
It’s bad news if you’re with one of these three major medical aid schemes. Each are preparing big price hikes that will come into effect on 1 January 2024. Here are the medical aid schemes effected.
Firstly, there’s Discovery Health Medical Scheme that will receive a 7.5% average increase across all its plans on 1 January 2024. Note that 7.5% is an average. In some cases the increases are higher. Executive plans go up by 12.9%, as does Coastal Core. While a basic plan like Classic Saver increases by only 3%.
Next up is Momentum Medical Scheme that will implement a steeper 9.6% price hike across its portfolio. Thirdly we have Bonitas Medical Aid which is introducing a slightly more manageable 6.9% increase across the board in 2024.
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MEDICAL AID SCHEMES PRICE HIKE
As experts quite rightly ask, will these large price hikes push young, elderly and financially vulnerably citizens out of their medical aid schemes? Medical aid providers say the reason for the price increases can be blamed on the interest rate. Rising claims costs are now higher than they were pre-COVID. And rising inflation means the cost per claim has increased notably, too.
Touching on COVID, the CEO of Discovery Health, Dr Ryan Noach, says medical schemes are still incurring COVID-19 pandemic legacy costs that are running into hundreds of millions annually. Similarly, Bonitas has seen a 25% increase in the number of mental-health hospital admissions. The firm says mental health problems – in part also a legacy of COVID-19 – are at an all-time high.
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If you’re with any of these medical aid schemes, be sure to contact them and find out the price hike on your specific program.
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