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Bonitas announces 8.9% increase with added benefitsWomen's health, men's health, chronic disease management, innovative plans, catching criminals and a digital revamp - Bonitas reflects on 2018 and launches its 2019 plans and strategy. 1 Oct 2018 Read more

Audiologist convicted of 259 counts of medical aid fraudEarlier this month, Wandile Theophilus Mashego, an audiologist and speech therapist practising in Pretoria, was found guilty of 259 counts of medical aid fraud and one count for contravening Section 66 of the Medical Schemes Act. The case was brought against him by Bonitas Medical Fund after it was discovered he had been submitting fraudulent claims on behalf of members over a period of two years - from 2014 to 2015. 27 Aug 2018 Read more

Bonitas announces best financial results in 35-year historyBonitas Medical Fund (the Scheme) reported a solid surplus of R730.20m for 2017, recouping the R16.9m deficit from 2016. Gerhard van Emmenis, Principal Officer of Bonitas, says, "2017 was an exceptional year for us in terms of financial results. This was largely due to several key cost-saving strategies and initiatives implemented during the 2016-2017 period." 25 Jul 2018 Read more

Comment on the NHI Bills presented by Health Minister, Dr Aaron MotsoalediBonitas Medical Fund welcomes the draft amendment Bill to the end that it aims to make healthcare more accessible. 3 Jul 2018 Read more

Generic medicines - The cost-effective copycatA hundred-million prescriptions are filled for generic medicines in South Africa per annum. This equates to 78% of the generics market opting for a far more cost-effective drug where the pharmacological effects are exactly the same as those of their brand-name counterparts. 29 May 2018 Read more

Mental health revisitedA staggering 450 million people world-wide have varying degrees of mental health problems. When you consider that HIV is considered a pandemic, with 35 million people infected, mental health issues, although not necessarily life-threatening, are a significant problem. 30 Apr 2018 Read more

Success in the fight against fraud, waste and abuse"Fraud, waste and abuse (FWA) in the healthcare industry is one of the main drivers of healthcare inflation and increased costs," says Kenneth Marion, Chief Operating Officer of Bonitas Medical Fund. "It's a key focus area for us and we're pleased to report that we've made great strides in the fight against fraud, waste and abuse. In fact our identification and confirmation of FWA has increased to over R129.8m in 2017 compared to R79m in 2016." 4 Apr 2018 Read more

The big four - know your numbers'South Africa is heading for a disaster if the number of people living with chronic lifestyle diseases does not change.' That's what both the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the Medical Research Council warned two years ago. The Council described the problem of these non-communicable diseases as an 'emerging epidemic'. 26 Feb 2018 Read more

The Comrades - no turning back!On Sunday, 10 June, 20,000 runners will gather in the early hours of the morning in Pietermaritzburg for the start of the Comrades Marathon. For those who have entered and qualified for South Africa's most prestigious ultra-marathon, it will be the culmination of long hours on the road training for this big day. Once that gun is fired they will need strength, determination and guts to tackle the 89km 'down-run' to Durban to cross the finish line before the cut-off time at 5.30pm. The Comrades is a race that is known for pushing athletes to their limit, its camaraderie and contribution to charity. 25 Jan 2018 Read more

Stay healthy on holidayDecember and the annual migration down to the coast or overseas will soon be a reality for the majority of South Africans as the summer holiday shutdown begins. Most of us are vigilant about our preparations ahead of going away. 11 Dec 2017 Read more

Hat trick for Bonitas Medical FundBonitas Medical Fund was recently awarded the Ask Afrika Orange Index for service excellence. This makes it a hat trick for the fund this year, having earlier received both the Kasi Star Brand Award and the ICON Brands Survey award - both for the medical aid category. 28 Nov 2017 Read more

Medical aid waiting periods and late-joiner penalties: What. How. Why?The world of medical schemes in South Africa is a very different one to 25 years ago. There are strict rules and regulations governing the industry, there to protect both the members and the financial sustainability of the scheme. Now is the time of year when medical schemes announce their annual increases and benefit changes. It means people re-evaluate their existing medical cover and opt for new schemes, new plans or join a medical aid for the first time. Gerhard Van Emmenis, Principal Officer of Bonitas Medical Fund, discusses some of the important membership rules and regulations. 26 Oct 2017 Read more

Bonitas announces annual increase and changes for 2018Bonitas Medical Fund (Bonitas) has announced its lowest increase in six years. After a challenging year for the healthcare industry, the contribution increase for 2018 will be a weighted increase of 8.7%, with increases on the various options range from 7.9% to 9.9%. 27 Sep 2017 Read more

Just in Case campaign putting safety firstAn interactive safety education campaign is to be rolled out by Bonitas Medical Fund to 43,000 leaners at 67 schools across South Africa... 31 Aug 2017 Read more

Bonitas showing strong vital signsRobust cost-containment strategies and an amalgamation have served Bonitas Medical Fund well with the Fund showing a 92% reduction in net deficit in one year. 31 Jul 2017 Read more

Counting the costs of medical aid fraud"The reduction and elimination of fraud, waste and abuse will impact on medical aid contribution increases," says Gerhard van Emmenis, Acting Principal Officer of Bonitas Medical Fund. More importantly, benefits could be enriched to pay for even more critical healthcare and treatments. He says, "Fraud, waste and abuse is one of the biggest contributors to escalating healthcare costs as the fee-for-service model of payment encourages people to over-charge or over-service for profit." 28 Jun 2017 Read more

Comrades interactive race map - as close as you can get without running itBonitas Medical Fund, a major sponsor of the ultimate human race, the Comrades Marathon, has worked alongside the official Comrades Coach, Lindsey Parry, to provide the first interactive map of the 87km route featuring professional advice on what to expect along the way. 30 May 2017 Read more

Holistic treatment and management of diabetes criticalAs far back as 2013, The Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, warned that a survey by the Human Research Council (HSRC) and The Medical Research Council highlighted that chronic lifestyle diseases in South Africa is an emerging epidemic. 21 Apr 2017 Read more

Medical funds and administration schemesPeople who are on private medical aids are often unclear as to the difference between the administrator of the scheme and the medical aid scheme, and what the roles and responsibilities are. Gerhard van Emmenis, acting principal officer of Bonitas Medical Fund gives the lowdown on both entities and their role in delivering medical aid to members. 31 Mar 2017 Read more

Bonitas introduces first dedicated toddlers health advice lineParenting is a joy but it can also be overwhelming and just a little daunting. There is no degree or diploma, you are simply launched into it and there's a steep learning curve. You instantly have a new life depending on you and, combined with sleep deprivation, the challenges of adjusting to being a parent and wanting to do the best for your child, you need all the help you can get. 30 Jan 2017 Read more

Bonitas is with you 'for the long run'Bonitas Medical Fund, a major sponsor of the Comrades Marathon for the past decade, recently announced that it has renewed its contract for an additional four years. The brand's stance on the Comrades Marathon is simple: "As a proudly South African company that promotes accessible quality healthcare we feel this ultra-marathon is an ideal fit for us to talk about making good wellness choices every day and celebrate ordinary people doing extraordinary things." 19 Jan 2017 Read more

Keeping fit during the holidaysThe holidays are almost here. It is officially summer, exams are done and most South Africans are ready for their annual pilgrimage to the seaside. And although we have that holiday feeling, it doesn't mean we should throw caution to the wind and forget about healthy habits. 15 Dec 2016 Read more

Guide to maximising your bang for your buck from your medical aidMost medical aids have launched their benefits and premium contributions for 2017 and, as in the past, the increases passed on to members are double figures, which outstrip inflation. 18 Nov 2016 Read more

Breaking the cycle of chronic painThrow away those painkillers! A new interdisciplinary programme is offering hope to people suffering from chronic back and neck pain. And a chance to enjoy a full and productive life - pain free! 16 Oct 2016 Read more

Largest medical scheme amalgamation gets green lightThe much anticipated amalgamation between Bonitas Medical Fund (Bonitas) and LMS Medical Scheme (previously known as Liberty Medical Scheme) - the largest transaction of its kind in the SA healthcare industry - has received the stamp of approval by the Competition Commission and the Council of Medical Schemes (CMS), effective 1 October 2016. 6 Oct 2016 Read more

How to choose a medical aidMost medical schemes have launched their benefits and contributions for 2017 and it is the time when you should be re-looking at your existing medical aid cover or, if you are wanting to join a scheme, investigating which one suits you best. 29 Sep 2016 Read more

Medical Aid FraudThe financial burden of fraud, wastage, abuse and irregular practices that are committed in the private healthcare sector are estimated to add as much as R22 billion per year to the overall annual cost of private healthcare in South Africa as a whole. Dr Bobby Ramasia, Principal Officer of Bonitas Medical, talks about fraud, wastage and abuse and explains how sophisticated systems have been introduced by Bonitas to combat this. 15 Sep 2016 Read more

Hospital Plans vs Hospital Insurance - the good, the bad and the way forwardYou know that sinking feeling when you go into hospital for a procedure believing you are covered? When it takes longer to recover from the shock of the bill than the actual surgery? Thousands of people who have health insurance are waking up to the fact that the term can be a classic contradiction. 22 Aug 2016 Read more