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Healthcare in South Africa  



An opportunity may have opened up for you to live and work in South Africa. As you relocate, there will be many things you need to consider. You will need a place to stay, first of all. You will need to commute to and from work. You will need to communicate with locals, get connected to amenities, etc. One of the key things that you may easily overlook is your health. How will you get treated should you fall ill or get seriously injured? More specifically, how will you pay for your treatment? 


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If you had health insurance in your home country, you will need to find out if you will be able to use it in South Africa. If that’s not the case, you will need to start shopping around for a South African medical cover scheme. You will need to take all your healthcare needs into account as you shop around. In and out-patient care should be adequately covered. Your cover should cater for chronic ailments if you suffer from any, or are in an age group that is particularly vulnerable. Your health plan should take care of dental, optical and ENT care. If you perceive a need for over-the-counter medicines, it should pay for them. Sports-related injury should be covered if you are a sports enthusiast.  


The place you will be stationed will also play a role in your access to healthcare. Within urban centres, you will be easily able to find facilities and pharmacies. In the rural parts access to such is not easy. Prepare by purchasing your medicines beforehand and traveling with them. You could also get them from the nearest city or town. 


Time will be a key component in your decision-making. Will you be relocating to South Africa permanently? Or will you be working on a short-term contract? Remember most medical policies come with a waiting period before they become active. If you will be working on, say, a one-year contract, it will be wise to apply for membership at the earliest. In this way you will enjoy the cover for longer. The urgency should be the same even if you’re moving to ZA permanently.  


Preparing to join a medical aid scheme or hospital plan is very important. It’s hard to predict when you’ll need medical attention. Unless you have a pre-existing condition that requires regular hospital visits. Sudden hospitalisation is likely to find you without ready cash. You will need to dig into your savings to pay hospital bills.  


Healthcare in South Africa is where costs are on the rise. They’re almost as high as in the USA, UK and other developed countries. This is because the quality of care you will get here is just as high. There are more than 200 healthcare facilities across the country. Highly trained English-speaking professionals staff them. They are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment as well. Some medical bills may even force you to borrow or fundraise. Joining a scheme in which you pay a regular premium will be more affordable. 


Payment for treatment with a medical scheme has two options. One is to pay for the treatment and then seek reimbursement from you provider later. The other is to let the insurance company pay for everything directly.  





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