There for you
The first thing to understand is that a medical scheme is MAINLY there to help you when things go wrong. It’s comparable to your short-term insurance. You may go many years without claiming for anything, but when you’re burgled, it’s great to be able to claim for everything you’ve insured.
Likewise, members who are in accidents, develop cancer or need life-saving procedures are usually extremely relieved that they have a medical scheme to fall back on. And because the costs involved in these major medical events are often very high, this is where the benefit amounts are typically the highest, and where the Society spends most of its money.
During a typical member’s lifetime, there will be many occasions where the Society’s benefits would be extremely valuable. The “journey” on the next page shows different life stages, and the type of healthcare challenges a member may face.
The typical healthcare journey
Your benefits in a nutshell
Unless otherwise specified, the benefits described in this guide apply to the Society’s benefit year, which runs from 1 January to 31 December. Benefits are not transferable from one benefit year to another.