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Prepaid healthcare: a useful standalone or benefits top-up

09 September 2021 NetcarePlus

Accident cover and primary care vouchers offer new options for employers and families

A flexible and hassle-free range of prepaid products for private medical care is making it possible for your clients to purchase affordable access to doctor and optometrist consultations, as well as standalone emergency accident services for themselves, loved ones or employees. 

“Intermediaries can now add to their portfolio options to provide practical help for their clients’ primary healthcare and emergency needs, to extend access to world-class private services for those who are uninsured or to supplement medical scheme cover,” says Teshlin Akaloo, managing director of NetcarePlus. 

The NetcarePlus range of financial services and other products enables employers and individuals to purchase healthcare services as and when required. 

Accident and trauma

For quality emergency assistance and private medical care when it is needed most, Netcare partnered with Hollard as the underwriter for its latest product offering, the NetcarePlus Accident and Trauma Cover. This stand-alone insurance product provides for stabilisation at the scene of an accident or trauma event and Netcare 911 air and road transportation to a contracted private hospital. 

The NetcarePlus Accident and Trauma Cover also offers access to unlimited in-hospital and emergency department treatment for up to 90 days for accident and trauma related medical care. Associated services including pathology and radiology and 24-hour trauma counselling services are covered. Completing the picture, NetcarePlus also pays daily payments of R1000 per day if the accident or trauma results in the person being hospitalised for two days or more for non-medical expenses. All of these benefits are available with a very affordable monthly premium. 

Prepaid healthcare on tap

“As most day-to-day healthcare needs can be fulfilled at primary healthcare level, clients who have purchased hospital plans, or whose day-to-day benefits are limited or depleted, can now rest assured with prepaid NetcarePlus GP and Optometry Vouchers when needed,” he says. 

The prepaid GP vouchers come in three options: either in-person or virtual consultations, with the choice to include the cost of medicine. The newly launched prepaid optometry vouchers are available for eye examination appointments with an option to purchase either single or bifocal vision lenses and frame. These competitively priced products can be purchased conveniently online. Once a NetcarePlus Voucher has been purchased, the person will receive an SMS with a unique code that needs to be presented when the consultation is either booked or takes place. 

Virtual GP appointments with video can be conducted using a phone or computer, without the need to download an app. The system is designed to protect patient privacy and confidential information. A telephonic dial-in function is available for patients who do not have internet connectivity. 

 “For people who wish to gift a doctor or optometrist appointment to someone else, it is as simple as forwarding the SMS containing this code on to them. This means you can pay in advance for a consultation for someone else, even if they are on the other side of the country,” Akaloo adds.   

For more information, please email us at [email protected] or visit NetcarePlus.  

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QUESTION

As National Treasury mulls a two-bucket retirement system, mandatory contributions and preservation, regulation 28 is being amended to allow up to 40% of retirement fund assets to be invested in SA-based infrastructure… Which of the following retirement fund ‘tweaks’ would you consider most beneficial to your clients?

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Give fund members emergency access to retirement savings
Let fund members invest 40% in infrastructure
Let fund members invest 40% offshore
Mandatory preservation when resigning from a fund
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