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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