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Jun 20, 2022
Preventative benefits YOU should be using!

Preventative healthcare, therefore, empowers people to take a proactive approach to manage their health, providing far-reaching and long-lasting health benefits. It may also lower the amount of money or savings you spend on doctor’s visits and medication by preventing serious diseases before they occur. At Bestmed we have a number of preventative benefits suitable for members of all ages, and for this article, we will be focusing on some of the benefits that you should be using...

Family
Mar 21, 2022
Shaking the Habit

Research shows the link between salt and high blood pressure, but in the same breath, the body needs salt to function properly. It regulates electrolytes that allow the brain to traffic electrical signals through to the nerves and muscles. It also manages fluid levels, such as the total blood volume, which is linked to blood pressure.

Family
Feb 27, 2022
Focus on reproductive health

Reproductive health is not only the responsibility of women. Yes, men are just as responsible of ensuring that they take care of themselves to get the best results when trying to conceive.

Family
Feb 27, 2022
Back to campus

The little one, who doesn’t prefer being referred to as that anymore, is leaving the nest to go and stay at a tertiary res. While you worry about paying for the tuition and accommodation, you don’t have to worry about paying extra for medical aid.

Family
Feb 08, 2022
Building Good Habits

A brand-new year always presents an ‘unsaid’ hope and positivity in our lives. This is the beginning of a blank canvas and a chapter of 365 days in which you either choose to shed off some past habits - sometimes bad - and/or develop good new ones.

Family
Feb 07, 2022
Back-to-school PPE checklist

It seems like there is a glimmering light of hope at the end of the tunnel with the easing of the COVID-19 alert level 1 regulations. However, if we abandon and lose sight of what we’ve all sacrificed and fought for to conquer the virus for close to two years, we could return back to square one and another unpleasant wave. Fortunately, on the other side of the coin, if we continue to adhere to the precautionary measures in place as best advised by experts, we will soon be able to enjoy the pleasures of ‘normality’ as we once knew it.

Family
Nov 24, 2021
On your marks, get set, festive!

You know what they say, “November is the last month of the year because in South Africa, December is not a month it’s a lifestyle!” Now let’s talk about maintaining a healthy lifestyle while you have fun this December.

Family
Oct 24, 2021
Maternity benefits and giving birth naturally or via c-section, with or without a midwife

Are you giving birth via a planned caesarean section (c-section) or having a normal delivery, with or without a midwife’s assistance? Whatever your birth plan entails, we’ve got you covered. Expectant moms are faced with a myriad of decisions to make on how manage their pregnancy and the delivery of their baby is one of the biggest decisions. 

Family
Sep 22, 2021
Let’s get active with Tempo virtual Pilates classes

Spring has sprung and it’s time to get fit and live our best lives by staying active. Our free online Pilates classes, hosted on Zoom, are still open to all Bestmed members. The classes are scheduled for Monday to Saturday for a period of 45 minutes per class. All members are welcome to join the classes and all the sessions are on the same Zoom link, ID and use the same passcode.

African lady with laptop doing pilates Family
Aug 24, 2021
Bottle or breast, which is best?

It’s a debate almost as old as time itself: breastfeeding vs bottle feeding your baby. We know that every mom and baby is different, so you should decide what is best. Here are some of the advantages of both feeding methods: bottle and breast!

Baby drinking bottle Family
Jan 12, 2021
5 ways to create healthy habits

You may make new year’s resolutions with the best of intentions of sticking to them. You want to eat healthier, exercise more often, get enough sleep…But sometimes you may set goals that are too high and quickly lose interest when you don’t see results overnight.

Family
Dec 07, 2020
3 ways to keep the kids busy without screen time this December

The best part of the festive season is being able to spend quality time with your family and marvel at how big your children, nephews, nieces and grand children have gotten but once you’re done pinching their cheeks, you almost immediately have to figure out how to keep them busy for the rest of the day or weekend.

Family
Nov 16, 2020
4% increase for 2021: 4 years of single digit increases

Medical schemes recently announced their average contribution increases and updated benefits for 2021. Bestmed Medical Scheme announced that their average contribution increase for 2021 is 4%, the lowest in the Scheme’s history and another single digit increase notch in the Scheme’s belt for a fourth year running.

Family
Nov 16, 2020
4 Reasons Bestmed is the Best

The South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SA-csi), an independent international benchmark of customer satisfaction conducted by Consulta, measured Bestmed alongside five other large medical schemes using a multi-variate model.

Family
Jun 20, 2022
The Travel Checklist

Whether you are planning to go on holiday now or later in the year, it’s always a great start to plan ahead. Have a broad idea of your desired destination, solocation/friendcation/famcation or baecation, accommodation, itinerary, duration and most importantly, your budget. These are some of the simple yet important aspects to be considered for your planned trip.

General
Jun 16, 2022
Welkom Tempo Wellness Day

Please join us at the Welkom Bestmed Medical Centre on 24 June 2022 for our Tempo Wellness Day, where you can find out how to improve your life and be your best healthy self. 

General
Jun 06, 2022
Bestmed and Golden Lions Rugby Union announce new partnership

South Africa's largest self-administered medical scheme will support the Lions’ referees via a partnership that will extend into the 2023 season, as the GLRU continues its quest to cement its place at the highest level of one of SA’s most competitive sports. This partnership, between two brands which are focused on community support, guidance and engagement, includes full support from Bestmed as title sponsors of GLRU referees.

General
May 31, 2022
Bestmed Medical Scheme bags two Titanium Awards

Two phenomenal wins, which include the Titanium Award for Service to Membership: Open, Closed & Self-administered Medical Schemes, Administrators and Managed Care Organisations, and the Titanium Award for Excellence in Creating Access to Quality Healthcare, recognise Bestmed’s commitment to a high standard of service and providing access to quality healthcare to all members. 

General
Jun 06, 2022
Chronic Medicine Process Invitation

Did you know that at Bestmed we offer cover for a specified list of chronic diseases on the Chronic Disease List (CDL), Prescribed Minimum Benefit (PMB) and non-CDL chronic conditions? Confusing right? Well, we are also committed to ensuring that our members understand their medical aid benefits and understand how to best utilise these benefits to get the best out of their medical aid.

General
May 02, 2022
Flu Vaccination Benefit Available

Bestmed is happy to remind you that the annual influenza (flu) vaccine is available to all Bestmed members and dependants. Please remember that the flu vaccine is funded from the Scheme’s preventative care benefit and not from your available day-to-day benefits or savings.

General
Apr 07, 2022
Feel the Rhythm

The Rhythm range offers unlimited GP visits, access to basic and preventative dentistry, and access to Bestmed’s comprehensive Maternity care programme. Both plans also cover up to 42 different chronic conditions and offer unlimited benefits for Rhythm acute medicine on the formulary list. Members also get access to the Bestmed Tempo wellness programme, which offers Health Assessments, and visits to Bestmed Tempo dietitians and biokineticists at no extra charge.

General
Jan 24, 2022
Bestmed rule changes for 2022

The Bestmed rules changes taking effect from 1 January 2022 have been published. The changes are regarding option benefit enhancements and increased contributions, let’s have a look at what this means for you.

General
Jan 24, 2022
Need to see the doc? Don’t get up

Introducing the simplest way to visit your healthcare provider online without leaving the comfort and safety of your own home. uConsult™ is a secure, user-friendly online platform that guides Bestmed members through a hassle-free appointment booking and confidential virtual healthcare consultation experience.

General
Jan 24, 2022
Save on medical costs without compromising your future health and wellbeing

Financial pressures are affecting everyone and taking steps to cut down on monthly expenditure is a great way to free up more of your money for the things that matter. One of the biggest mistakes you can make, however, is to cancel your medical aid all-together in the process tightening your pocket.

General
Jan 24, 2022
Remember to nominate your Bestmed BoT representative

The term of office for some of the current member-elected Trustees will come to an end at the 2022 Bestmed Annual General Meeting (AGM). Please remember to cast your vote and have your say in electing your preferred Trustees to the Bestmed Board.

General
Nov 24, 2021
How Bestmed stays ahead of the curve!

For over 18 months, Schemes in South Africa have had to manage the impact of this virus on overall claims and project future claims patterns considering the infection rates, severity levels, treatment costs, duration, and levels of Prescribed Minimum Benefits (PMBs) that apply. It is reassuring to see, then, that Bestmed has stayed resilient and shown growth despite the tough times.

General
Nov 24, 2021
How Bestmed stays ahead of the curve!

For over 18 months, Schemes in South Africa have had to manage the impact of this virus on overall claims and project future claims patterns considering the infection rates, severity levels, treatment costs, duration, and levels of Prescribed Minimum Benefits (PMBs) that apply. It is reassuring to see, then, that Bestmed has stayed resilient and shown growth despite the tough times.

General
Nov 24, 2021
Is your medical aid dependant turning 18 years?

Medical aid members and their dependants are protected by the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA), and in this article we look at what it means for dependants turning 18 years and older.

General
Jun 14, 2022
Happy Pictures, Sad Generation

Social media has become a powerful tool in modern society, in which we can extract positive and useful knowledge. However, the negative aspect of it is just as powerful. How we consume social media differs from one individual to another, and in many unfortunate cases, some users may be oblivious to the dangers which lurk in the virtual space. 

Health and Wellness
Jun 27, 2022
Is man flu real or just a myth?

The idea that men exaggerate even the most of common flu symptoms, may turn out to be a big myth. A new study by a clinical assistant professor and General Practitioner (GP) in Canada, Kyle Sue, explores whether men are wimps or just immunologically inferior. 

Health and Wellness
Jun 20, 2022
Winter warmup exercises

Could the change of seasons effect changes in your body? Do you feel stiffer during cold days than hot summery days? Well this is totally normal. During cold weather, the flow of blood to your muscles isn’t as quick as it usually is, causing your muscles to get tight. As a result of this and to avoid an unexpected injury, a good 5 – 10-minute warmup becomes an essential part of your daily routine.

Health and Wellness
May 26, 2022
Brighten up your smile

Are your pearly whites starting to look a little more yellow these days? It’s a lot more common than you would imagine. Your smile’s light being “load-shed” might not be bad for your health but it may affect your confidence. Some would even go as far as saying your smile is the beauty of your soul and Bestmed would love to help you keep your soul gorgeous.  

Health and Wellness
May 26, 2022
Think Therapy

The fear of being stigmatised by others often overshadows the great work that therapy does. In nature, therapy is a means to eliminate troubling symptoms, whether it be mental illness or emotional difficulty.

Health and Wellness
May 08, 2022
10 Sugar-Free Smoothies

Whether you are diabetic or just sugar-intake conscious, we’ve got you. Here are some mouth-watering smoothies to take the last sips of summer to. All these smoothies need is for you to throw the ingredients in a blender, blend them and enjoy.

Health and Wellness
Apr 07, 2022
Weight gain during lockdown

Life changed and so too did our daily routines. We got used to working from home, doing house chores like washing clothes, while working. But one effect of the COVID-19 lockdown that we do not talk about that often is the fact that most of us grown bigger during this period. We gained weight!

Health and Wellness
Mar 21, 2022
Keep your lungs in shape

Does it feel like the flight of stairs you climb every day gained extra stairs overnight? That’s because the older you get, the less lung capacity you have if you don’t exercise your lungs. Amidst the scourge of COVID-19, it is always a good idea to keep your lungs in tip-top shape. Light exercise may help tremendously to keep your lungs healthy and in shape...

Health and Wellness
Mar 10, 2022
Seeing the signs

Suicide is complicated and traumatic, but completely preventable. South Africa is experiencing an alarming suicide rate of 23.5%, which is one of the largest suicide rates in the world. In cases as sensitive and delicate as this, knowledge is a lifesaver because knowing the warning signs could help you save a life.

Health and Wellness
Mar 10, 2022
Lactose and conquering

Dairy products are a main source of protein and other nutrients that are essential for the growth of children in their early developmental stages. This stage is key for the development of a child’s cognitive and physical abilities, so it is essential that they receive as many vitamins and minerals as possible.

Health and Wellness
Feb 27, 2022
COVID-19 still in our midst

There is a common misconception that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is behind us, and that it doesn’t pose the threat that it did in the past. This is, in fact, untrue. The virus is very much still in our midst, and it continues to mutate into different variants.

Health and Wellness
Feb 15, 2022
Safe sex, no regrets

There are a million people globally who get diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections each daily. With a new strain of HIV looming around, which is suspected to be more infectious and more lethal than the previous variant now is the time to get back to the basics of safe sex.

Health and Wellness
Feb 07, 2022
Feeling Hungry 24/7?

Aquatic exercise makes for a great cardio workout, while also increasing your strength, endurance, and flexibility. The water resistance provides additional support for muscles and joints, enabling you to train harder without putting any extra strain on your body.

Health and Wellness
Dec 08, 2021
Cool, calm and active

Aquatic exercise makes for a great cardio workout, while also increasing your strength, endurance, and flexibility. The water resistance provides additional support for muscles and joints, enabling you to train harder without putting any extra strain on your body.

Health and Wellness
May 03, 2022
Meet Mariechen Dickens

Meet Mariechen Dickens - Client Service: Supervisor.

Advisor
Apr 25, 2022
2022 Flu Vaccination Benefit

The vaccines and administration thereof are already available at certain Bestmed network pharmacies or Bestmed medical centre without a co-payment. Bestmed will reimburse service providers for the cost of the vaccine, together with the contracted dispensing fee and administration fee (code 981062001). There should be no co-payment payable by members as the above reimbursement should fall within available benefits.

Advisor
Feb 27, 2022
COVID-19 booster vaccines are funded as a PMB

There is a common misconception that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is behind us, and that it doesn’t pose the threat that it did in the past. This is, in fact, untrue. The virus is very much still in our midst, and it continues to mutate into different variants.

Health and Wellness
May 03, 2022
KZN advisor engagement 2022

It has been a tedious two years of contactless interactions and virtual events in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and for everyone’s safety. However, with the easing of restrictions and gradual return to ‘normality’, the Bestmed team was excited to host the first Advisor Engagement Sessions for 2022.

Advisor
Mar 08, 2022
Meet Wendel Chair

Meet Wendel Chair - Client Service Specialist at Bestmed.

Advisor
Nov 10, 2021
Enhanced palliative care benefits

Palliative care is multidisciplinary medical care that supports those with life-threatening diseases, most commonly AIDS and cancers. This specialised care aims to optimise a patient’s quality of life, as well as support their family members, at every stage of illness. Care begins when a life-threatening disease is diagnosed and continues regardless of whether treatment, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy or any other treatment directed at the disease, is received or not.

Advisor
Nov 10, 2021
Online member applications now open!

We are excited to announce that the online individual member application functionality on our Advisor Portal is now live! You are now able to process your applications online, making it simpler and more efficient to manage your paper(less) work. Our guide takes your through this simple process.

Advisor
Nov 10, 2021
Personally Yours Corner: Meet Zerina Richards

Zerina Richards, our Advisor Sales Channel Manager started her journey with Bestmed almost four years ago. Get to know her a little better.

Advisor
Nov 10, 2021
Request to sign new advisor contracts

We previously communicated that we need our advisors to sign new contracts, as approved by the CMS. However, several brokerages have not finalised the process. This is a crucial requirement, and we want to urgently request you to please assist us in this process and submit your contract to us by Friday, 19 November 2021. If you are unsure of your status, please do not hesitate to contact your BC.

Advisor
Nov 10, 2021
World Diabetes Day (Diabetes care)

The Bestmed Diabetes care programme focuses on actively managing members with diabetes while taking into consideration any associated diseases/disorders, e.g. high cholesterol, high blood pressure etc. The programme is designed to assist the diabetic member and their dependants to live a constructive and rewarding life.

Advisor
Oct 05, 2021
Again, Bestmed keeps increases low

Providing access to affordable and quality healthcare remains a top priority for Bestmed. On Friday, 17 September 2021, we officially announced our 2022 product offerings, enhancements, and contribution increases. This includes the strategic decision to use some of the Scheme’s reserves to ensure all members receive a below CPI contribution increase of 3.9% for 2022. 

Advisor
Oct 05, 2021
And AGAIN, at the forefront of customer satisfaction

“Bestmed performed exceptionally well, emerging as the leader in the overall Customer Satisfaction Index well above industry par. Bestmed also takes the lead in the value index by a significant margin on the industry par and is well ahead of all other schemes,” states Ineke Prinsloo, Head of Customer Insights at Consulta.

Advisor
Oct 05, 2021
Eye Care Awareness Month

Many people often fear losing vision; yet take minimal intentional steps in caring for their eyes. Eye Care Awareness Month is commemorated from 21 September to 18 October to raise awareness about the importance of eye health, specifically around the prevention and treatment of avoidable blindness.

Advisor
Oct 05, 2021
Personally Yours Corner: Felicia Jilaji

Meet and get to know Business Consultant, Felicia Jilaji, in our Personally Yours corner for the month of September.

Advisor
May 29, 2022
Diabetes - Type 2: The Sweetest Things in Life Start with You

Diabetes is a chronic, lifelong condition that affects your body’s ability to use the energy provided by food. Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease where the pancreas either does not produce any or enough insulin, which causes an excess of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Insulin is the hormone that assists your body’s cells to use glucose as energy for it to function properly.

Medical Conditions
May 30, 2022
RSV on the rise among young children

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines RSV, is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults.

Medical Conditions
May 02, 2022
Autism: Early detection is important

While a professional evaluation is critical in diagnosing autism, it is really important for a parent or caregiver to look out for the early signs. Developmentally, small things like few or no big smiles or other warm, joyful and engaging expressions, very few or no words and avoidance of eye contact, are some of the few things to look out for when you suspect that a child may have autism.

Medical Conditions
Apr 25, 2022
Hyperlipidemia

Hyperlipidemia is defined as when your “blood has too many lipids (or fats), such as cholesterol and triglycerides”. There are variants of hyperlipidemia, such as high cholesterol, hypertriglyceridemia and mixed hyperlipidemia, which occurs when both cholesterol and triglyceride levels are high.

Medical Conditions
Apr 07, 2022
What to expect after undergoing surgery

Feeling hazy or groggy as you come round from a general anesthetic? The journey to recovery after a minor or major surgery isn’t usually smooth sailing. There are several things you may want to consider as a patient in preparation for, during and post-surgery.

Medical Conditions
Mar 21, 2022
Things to know about TB

Tuberculosis seems to be making its comeback in 2022. TB has been one of the leading causes of death in South Africa and until now has been on a steady decline. For the first time in over a decade, TB mortality has increased, but the main reason behind this increase now is related to COVID-19. 

Medical Conditions
Feb 15, 2022
Stressing through your teeth

Have you ever woken up to an unprovoked, constant headache accompanied by a sore jaw or sore teeth? It feels almost as if you got into a fight you didn’t win the night before, but all you did was binge-watch your favourite Netflix series. You are not alone – those are symptoms of grinding and clenching your teeth.

Medical Conditions
Feb 15, 2022
Hypertension - My Choices Determine My Lifestyle

Hypertension is often referred to as the ‘silent killer’ as there is an estimated 46% of adults with hypertension worldwide who are unaware that they have the condition. It can, however, be detectable with some of the following symptoms...

Medical Conditions
Feb 15, 2022
International Epilepsy Day

Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases worldwide with 50 million diagnosed patients, and 80% of them living in low to middle-income countries. Epilepsy can be diagnosed in patients of any age, ethnicity, and gender.

Medical Conditions
Jan 23, 2022
Leprosy Awareness Day

Leprosy is an age-old disease which is also known as Hansen's disease.  Leprosy was feared to be highly contagious at its peak but may today believe this disease is dormant or extinct but last year alone 127558 new cases were recorded worldwide.

Medical Conditions
Oct 24, 2021
Autism now covered by Bestmed

Not much is known about the causes of ASD, however most scientists agree that genes are one of the risk factors that make a person more likely to develop it. Individuals with certain genetic or chromosomal conditions, such as fragile X syndrome or tuberous sclerosis, have a greater chance of having ASD.

Medical Conditions
Oct 19, 2021
Prevent osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is the loss of bone mass and is often seen as “an old woman’s disease”. The fact is, one in three women in South Africa and one in every five men can develop this disease from as early as 25-years old. Another eyebrow-raising fact is that between four and six million South Africans potentially suffer from osteoporosis. Osteoporosis increases your chances of breaking or fracturing your bones in circumstances that would not normally result in such an injury, such as a fall.

Elderly woman doing strengthening exercises on a yoga ball Medical Conditions
Oct 18, 2021
Managing diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects your body’s ability to process and use glucose (a type of sugar) in your blood properly for energy for your cells. If not controlled, it may lead to excess glucose in your blood, which could lead to serious health issues.

Young lady testing her sugar Medical Conditions
Sep 22, 2021
September is cervical cancer awareness month

Did you know that cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women in South Africa? Mainly caused by the Human papillomavirus (HPV), it accounts for more than 270 000 deaths worldwide annually. HPV is the most common viral infection of the reproductive tract. The virus enters your body, usually through a cut, abrasion, or small tear in your skin and it is transferred primarily by skin-to-skin contact, usually through sexual intercourse.

Cervical Cancer Awareness Medical Conditions
Feb 13, 2022
Meet Shantae Steenkamp

I was first introduced to the Scheme in the year 2011 at a Bestmed sponsored race held in my community. Thereafter, I got more exposure to the amazing scheme during my student days at UP. Bestmed is a reputable organisation with a great reputation, amazing products and excellent service delivery, and is generally known for taking good care of all employees by promoting both corporate and academic growth.

Corporate
Feb 13, 2022
The gift of a healthy lifestyle

When you think of a healthy lifestyle, we can almost guarantee what comes to mind isn’t fun or happy thoughts. Essentially, a healthy lifestyle is linked by a golden thread of effort, compromise, and discipline. The commitment that comes with living a healthy lifestyle tends to deter many, but the real barrier standing between most people and the gift of a healthy lifestyle is instant gratification. People give up too soon because they want to see immediate results.

Corporate
Oct 11, 2021
Again, Bestmed keeps increases low

Providing access to affordable and quality healthcare remains a top priority for Bestmed. On Friday, 17 September 2021, we officially announced our 2022 product offerings, enhancements, and contribution increases. This includes the strategic decision to use some of the Scheme’s reserves to ensure all members receive a below CPI contribution increase of 3.9% for 2022. 

Corporate
Feb 13, 2022
How Bestmed stays ahead of the curve

For over 22 months, Schemes in South Africa have had to manage the impact of COVID-19 on overall claims and project future claims patterns considering the infection rates, severity levels, treatment costs, duration, and levels of Prescribed Minimum Benefits (PMBs) that apply. It is reassuring to see, then, that Bestmed has stayed resilient and shown growth despite the tough times.

Corporate
Feb 13, 2022
Save on medical costs without compromising your future health

Financial pressures are affecting everyone and taking steps to cut down on monthly expenditure is a great way to free up more of your money for the things that matter. “One of the biggest mistakes consumers can make, however, is to cancel their medical aid altogether in the process of tightening their pockets.

Corporate
Oct 11, 2021
And AGAIN, at the forefront of customer satisfaction

“Bestmed performed exceptionally well, emerging as the leader in the overall Customer Satisfaction Index well above industry par. Bestmed also takes the lead in the value index by a significant margin on the industry par and is well ahead of all other schemes,” states Ineke Prinsloo, Head of Customer Insights at Consulta.

Corporate
Oct 11, 2021
Bestmed Supports Rising Sports Stars

We are a long standing and proud sponsor of the University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) TuksSport. The Scheme’s commitment to sports development allows UP to award more sports bursaries, and provide sports science and medical services to all athletes, enabling them to achieve their dreams.

Corporate
Oct 11, 2021
World Trauma Day

World Trauma Day, observed on 17 October, emphasizes the importance of saving and protecting a life during the most critical moments. The day also highlights the importance of preparing and applying critical measures to deal with, and to avoid trauma fatalities.

Corporate
Oct 11, 2021
Eye Care Awareness Month

Many people often fear losing vision; yet take minimal intentional steps in caring for their eyes. Eye Care Awareness Month is commemorated from 21 September to 18 October to raise awareness about the importance of eye health, specifically around the prevention and treatment of avoidable blindness.

Corporate
Jun 17, 2021
Corporate Wellness Week

The first week of July is Corporate Wellness Week - an opportunity to raise awareness of the need to create a healthy work environment. It is a week that puts the spotlight on wellness in the workplace and identifies the pitfalls and productivity impact of an ‘all work and no play’ attitude in the office.

Corporate
Jun 15, 2021
Demystifying COVID-19 Vaccines

It has taken South Africa more than three months to reach the 1 million mark but the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is now picking up pace. Earlier this month, it was reported that out of the 40 million people targeted for the country to reach herd immunity, 1.2% had been fully vaccinated by 1 June. 

Corporate
Jun 14, 2021
Protection of Personal Information

At Bestmed Medical Scheme, we place a high premium on the privacy of our members, and we acknowledge the importance of ensuring that all personal information is handled with care.

Corporate
Jan 17, 2021
Additional scheme rule changes applicable to 2021

After a lengthy application process, we are pleased to announce that the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has approved and registered the Scheme Rules with effect from 1 January 2021. Some of the changes that were approved, were not shared with members during the year-end information sessions and/or communication. We have summarised only those changes as follows: Administrative changes Previously members were required (according to the Rules) to return old membership cards to the Scheme.

Corporate
Jan 17, 2021
Beat burnout

Statistically, mental health disorders affect one in every four people in South Africa. This means that the daily lives of many more people than one would expect are affected in varying degrees. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on those with pre-existing mental health conditions and has also seen many more developing mental health issues due to financial stress and the uncertainty of what the future holds.

Corporate