Bestmed announces price hikes and benefit changes for 2023

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Source: Business Tech

Bestmed Medical Scheme has announced its product enhancements, preventative benefits and contribution changes for 2023 across its value-for-money Beat, Pace, and Rhythm product ranges.

The announcement follows the Scheme’s 3.5% growth in principal members for 2021 bringing the total number of beneficiaries under its care to 209,000.

Some of the change’s members can look forward to include:

  • co-payments removed on Beat options in-hospital, cover of mammograms on all options
  • An average weighted contribution increase of 8.5%, alongside an average weighted benefit limit increase of 5.7%
  • child dependant age increased from 21 to 24 years

The Scheme says it wants more of its members to access its preventative care benefits that help keep them healthy and prevent possible medical issues that may arise from not having access to these benefits.

“We have introduced changes to our product benefits while enriching some our existing benefits.  Our members already have access to an extensive range of preventative care benefits across our product range,” said Leo Dlamini, chief executive officer/principal officer at Bestmed Medical Scheme.

“These include vaccinations, mammograms, paediatric immunisations, female contraceptives, a back and neck programme, and baby growth and development assessments.”

In addition to its extensive preventative healthcare, Bestmed said it offers members maternity care benefits across every product range and nine holistic managed care programmes, including Oncology, Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Maternity, Back and neck programme, Wound care, Substance abuse, Dialysis and Stoma care.

Bestmed is also encouraging more members to improve and maintain their overall health in 2023 by introducing an additional wellness journey, the Emotional Wellbeing Journey to its two existing Get Active (fitness) and Nutritional Health Journeys.

Members can access the Tempo wellness journeys via the Member portal on the website or via the Bestmed App.

The online platforms will allow members to manage their physical activity, nutrition, mental wellbeing, general health, and high-risk chronic conditions with greater ease, it said.

“Heading into 2023, we’re focusing on providing members with additional wellness benefits via our Tempo wellness programme suitable for members from the age of 16,” said Dlamini.

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