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9, 8 % increase for Bestmed’s 2016 member contribution

02 October 2015 Chris Luyt, Bestmed
Chris Luyt, executive head of marketing and sales at Bestmed.

Chris Luyt, executive head of marketing and sales at Bestmed.

Bestmed, one of South Africa’s largest medical schemes and winner of the FIA 2015 Healthcare Product Supplier of the Year award, has announced its average gross contribution increase at 9,8% for 2016.

Announcing the increases at the product launch in Gauteng on 2 October 2015, Dries la Grange, Chief Executive Officer of Bestmed, says that the average gross contribution increase for the year is 9.8% with the benefit option ranges increasing between 9.39% and 11.89%.

The biggest benefit increase for all Bestmed members will be the fact that they can now access the Health Check programme which gives members access to annual biometric screenings at Designated Service Providers (DPS’s). This benefit is in line with Bestmed’s Preventative Care programme which aims to encourage members to make healthier lifestyle choices.

“More preventative care benefits have been added to all options,” says La Grange.

Chris Luyt, executive head of marketing and sales at Bestmed says, “In order to offer members value for their money and to offer them quality healthcare and exceptional service, the Scheme packaged its products in such a way that members can make flexible choices within the 13 options that are available. These options cater for any need, whether you require a hospital plan or more extensive benefits.”

“We have experienced the challenges of rising healthcare costs and higher claims ratios. Consumers have felt the pinch, and this has put all medical schemes under pressure, which is reflected in the 2016 increases. Our benefit increases are kept as low as possible, because we aim to provide our members with quality healthcare at a cost that will not leave members with empty pockets. It’s imperative that the healthcare industry works together to reduce the cost of healthcare to ensure that all South Africans have reasonable access to this much needed service,” he says.

“Furthermore, we are careful not to increase contributions to a point where members choose to settle for lower options which do not cater for their healthcare needs, and similarly we do not aim to be the lowest at the expense of the members’ benefits. If increases are too low, it could pose a risk of an unsustainable scheme, which could lead to interim increases that come as an unexpected blow to members,” says Luyt.

Bestmed continues to raise the bar in the medical aid industry and have grown their membership to reach the fifth overall position in the open medical scheme sector.

 

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