Category Archives: Health

What are you paying for?

With the recent announcement of some higher-than-expected increases to medical cover products for 2017, many people are reconsidering their medical cover for the immediate future and re-assessing their financial plans to ensure that they are still working with the best portfolio for their lifestyles, their families and their businesses. Whilst the year-ahead increases will cause…
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Choosing your medical plan for cancer

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in South Africa and may become even more prevalent – medical journal, Lancet, predicts a 78 percent spike in cancer cases by 2030. Despite the prevalence of the disease and the high price tag associated with cancer treatment, medical aid schemes in South Africa do not…
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Don’t wait until your thirties – Medical for young adults

Just because you are young does not mean you are insusceptible to chronic conditions and dread diseases. Adding to this; accidents happen when you least expect them. There is a perception that if you are young, you don’t need medical cover, but that is far from the uncomfortable truth. Technology has us leading increasingly sedentary…
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AVOID THE ‘NEW DIET’ APPROACH TO INVESTING

Saving is a tricky financial discipline to master. Most people agree that it’s wise to save, but are unsure as how best to do it. They try one way, take a break, then try another. It’s similar to the way many people try to eat healthily. Again, we all agree to the benefits of healthy…
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5 MORE FACTS ABOUT HOSPITAL PLANS

As I wrote in a previous article, full medical cover has become an expensive purchase that few South Africans can afford. As we see a significant increase in the purchase of hospital plans, we are also seeing a decrease in how much our clients fully understand the big differences between an old-school medical aid and…
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5 FACTS ABOUT HOSPITAL PLANS

Full medical cover has become an expensive purchase that few South Africans can afford. This is the reason for the increased popularity of hospital plans that cover your medical bills if you are hospitalised. Having come from a generation that largely understood medical cover as a ‘covers all’ policy, it’s important to run through these…
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STAY INFORMED. STAY HEALTHY.

One of the biggest drives around Breast Cancer Month is education and awareness. There are many programmes in place to provide extensive knowledge and encourage support for those who are looking for expert advice. The PinkDrive website is an amazing site that offers a place to ask questions, find answers, enter events, raise money for…
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WHAT WILL IT REALLY COST ME?

The current SA stats for breast cancer reveal that one in thirty-six women has breast cancer. My blog last week spoke about the general costs and overall statistics of cancer, but today I’d like to get a little more specific as to the expected ‘realistic’ impact that breast cancer will have on those who may…
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PLAN FOR THE HIDDEN COSTS OF BREAST CANCER

Last year I shared an article on my blog that spoke to the stark reality of the tragic impact that cancer has had (and continues to have) on almost every family in South Africa. It’s very rare, in fact, to meet someone who hasn’t either had cancer themselves, or has a close family member who…
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E-CIGGIES… THEY COST MORE

A brief walk through any public space will reveal the presence of a new type of technology. It’s not a new phone or tablet, it’s a cigarette; an e-cigarette. I came across this article in an email that explains why life insurers apply a loading for the use of e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular,…
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LOVE YOUR HEART (II)

Last week I wrote about the importance of managing your blood pressure in order to keep your heart and vital organs healthy. One of the biggest dangers of hypertension is that it often goes unnoticed until it is too late and serious problems arise. These could include heart failure, a heart attack or kidney failure.…
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LOVE YOUR HEART (I)

If you’ve ever owned a pool you’ll be keenly aware of what happens when your pump and filter breaks; the water flow stops, dirt builds up, algae blooms and you have a big problem on your hands. Most car owners are also vividly attune to the costs, complications and annoyance of their petrol pump breaking…
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MIND THE GAP

For those of you who have travelled on a tube in London, you’ll know the familiar sound of the lady saying “Mind the gap.” as you step on and off your tube. In fact, even if you haven’t travelled to the Big Smoke, you’ve probably heard about it. However, when people buy health cover they’re…
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KIDNEYS AND RISK COVER

If you were to take a quick poll from your peers of what they fear the most, you’re most likely to receive answers like snakes, flying, thunderstorms (non-Highveld-people…), needles, the dark and, if they’re really honest, the dentist! For the most part these fears originate around our mortality and anything that threatens our health. Which…
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