Health insurance and medical aid seem quite similar, but there are distinct differences which set them apart. These differences are also responsible for the disparity of the price points at which they are being offered to customers.
Even the cheapest medical aid is usually a bit pricier than a medical aid insurance premium.
SO, WHY IS MEDICAL INSURANCE CHEAPER THAN MEDICAL AID?
Medical aid, which is regulated by the Medical Schemes Act, is essentially Cover based on tariff codes and procedures. It often has a shortfall due to the difference between the National Recommended Price List and the South African Medical Association rates which is what healthcare professionals charge. Affinity Health wrote in January that Medical Aid must, by law, cover Prescribed Minimum Benefits.
Medical Aid has specified yearly limits for procedures and health events do not need to be specifically stated; it also does not include any personal accident disability and loss of limbs cover.
Medical Aid is also not authorized to include death and/or funeral cover as part of the Medical Aid Scheme. It pays in-hospital benefits according to the National Recommended Price List limiting benefits as per the plan.
This is why medical aid premiums usually start at around R750 per person per month.