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Do you have a question about how to make a medical aid claim or how you’re covered by your medical scheme? Find answers to these and many more topics here.


Medical aid plans explained

What is the difference between a network and non-network medical aid plan?

A network plan gives you access to a network of quality private healthcare providers with whom the medical scheme has contracted agreements. This is a more affordable option, since tariffs are usually more in line with those of the scheme and you have less out-of-pocket expenses, provided you make use of network healthcare providers. These options are also called efficiency discounted options or EDO's.

A non-network plan allows you to visit any healthcare provider of your choice. This means that you have the freedom of choice to go to your preferred general practitioner (GP), hospital or any other healthcare facility. (Note: For certain services, such as oncology or dental services, you will still have to use the medical scheme’s preferred providers.)

What is a medical aid savings account?

At the beginning of the year or when you join Medihelp, you have access to your full medical savings account funds in a separate account from which your day-to-day medical expenses (most out of hospital expenses like doctors/specialist visit, dental treatments and eye tests) are paid. The funds in this account earn interest during the year, with any unused funds which accumulate, carried over to the next year. Should you terminate your Medihelp membership, your savings will be paid out in full once accounts have been settled (terms and conditions apply). If you are on Medihelp’s Prime 2 or Unify plans, a medical savings account will form part of your benefits.

Does Medihelp have a medical aid plan for students?

Yes: Our Necesse Network student plan is an affordable medical aid for full-time students. You get quality cover at private hospitals, general practitioner’s (GP’s) and other healthcare facilities that fall within the Necesse network. This option also gives you basic dental benefits, cover for medical emergencies and nine general practitioner (GP) visits per year, among other benefits.

What is a hospital plan?

A hospital plan offers quality cover for private hospitalisation and minor day-to-day medical expenses at an affordable price. Medihelp’s Prime 1 hospital plan offers this as well as unlimited cover at all private hospitals in South Africa should you be hospitalised due to an accident, illness or medical emergency. Save 22% in monthly premiums when choosing the Prime 1 network plan with 120 quality private hospitals as an alternative.

What does added insured benefits mean?

Added insured benefits offer additional cover and are available on all Medihelp plans. The benefits vary for different options and can include flu vaccines, pregnancy and baby-related benefits, screenings, preventive and wellness services, and a back treatment programme.


Answers to common Medihelp membership questions

Underwriting conditions

What are late joiner penalties?

Late joiner penalties apply if beneficiaries haven’t been members of a medical scheme before, or if there were prolonged lapses in their previous medical scheme membership.

How do I find out more about late joiner penalties?

Call our Customer Care centre on 086 0100 678, or send email to Medihelp at

What are waiting periods?

Waiting periods are periods during which beneficiaries are members, but they do not yet qualify for benefits. It may be for a specific medical condition or a general waiting period. Medihelp may apply two types of waiting periods:

  • A general waiting period of up to three months from the date that you joined. During this time, you will not be entitled to any benefits except prescribed minimum benefits (PMB). If you submit claims during this waiting period, they will not be paid by the Scheme.
  • A condition-specific waiting period of up to 12 months from the date that you joined. During this time, you will not be entitled to benefits for a particular condition for which you were recommend to receive, or for which you received, medical advice, diagnosis, care or treatment (this excludes PMB).

What are “enrolment conditions”?

Upon joining Medihelp, members receive a document with the conditions under which they are enrolled as beneficiaries of the Scheme, indicating any waiting periods and/or late joiner penalties.


Who can I register on my medical aid?

You can register any of the following as your dependants at Medihelp Medical Scheme if you’re responsible for their family care and support:

  • Your spouse
  • Your life partner – whether of the same or opposite gender
  • Your children – whether natural, stepchildren, adopted or foster children, or a child in your temporary safe care
  • Your parents
  • Your siblings
  • Your grandchildren.

When will they become active members?

New dependants, namely your spouse, child, grandchild, adopted child or foster child, can become active as dependants on your medical aid immediately. New-borns must be registered within 90 days of the event.

Other dependants may be enrolled either on the day Medihelp receives the application, or on a future date that you request. Please note that the enrolment of a dependant can’t be backdated.

Did you know: On Medihelp’s Prime range you only pay for two children younger than 18 years; the rest receive free medical aid cover. You also only pay child dependant rates for your children until they are 26 years old.


What is the maximum age that my child can qualify for child dependant rates?

Children pay child dependant rates until they are 26 years old without proof of studies on all Medihelp’s plans except for the Necesse plan and for adopted/foster children where child dependant rates apply until 21 years.


How do I register my dependants?

Use one of the following ways:

  • Log in to Medihelp’s Member Zone and download the registration form.
  • Download the registration form on Medihelp’s website
  • Call Medihelp’s Customer Care centre on 086 0100 678.
  • Send email to

On which Medihelp plan can I register my dependants?

All dependants will be registered on the same Medihelp plan as the principal member. In other words, a dependant will always have the same medical aid cover as the main member (as specified in your chosen benefit option).

Tax certificates

I need my medical aid tax certificate to submit my tax return. Where can I find it?

You can download your medical aid tax certificate by logging in to Medihelp’s Member Zone. Alternatively, call our Customer Care centre on 086 0100 678 or email us at

What information does my medical scheme tax certificate reflect?

  • Your contributions to the Scheme from 1 March to the end of February of each year
  • Medical claims not paid by the Scheme
  • The total interest you’ve earned on any positive balances in your Medical Savings Account (applicable to the Prime 2 and Unify plans)
  • A monthly breakdown of the main member and all active dependants' contributions.

How do I get a detailed list of all claims appearing on my medical aid tax certificate?

You can phone Medihelp’s Customer Care centre on 086 0100 678, or email us at to get an itemised list of your claims.

Can Medihelp make changes to my medical aid tax certificate if I request it?

Medihelp unfortunately can’t make any changes to your tax certificate once it has been issued to you.

Updating personal info

How do I update my personal details?

    You can use any of the following ways to update your details:

  • Use our smartphone app for members, available on iStore and Google Play Store.
  • Log in to Medihelp’s Member Zone. On the home page, click on “Details” and then “Personal details”.
  • Call our Customer Care centre on 086 0100 678.
  • Email us at

What personal details should I always keep updated?

  • Marital status
  • Cell phone number
  • Email address (NB: to receive important Medihelp communication)
  • Banking details.

How do I change my banking details?

You can do this online by downloading and completing this form. Please email the completed form together with all required documents to

Medihelp's banking details

What is Medihelp’s banking details?

Medihelp Medical Scheme
Bank: ABSA
Branch: Arcadia
Account type: Cheque
Account number: 61 00 000 88
Branch code: 632005
Ref: Your Medihelp membership number

Please email proof of payment to

Membership cards

I am a new member. Where can I find my Medihelp membership card?

  • With Medihelp’s member app, you always have access to your membership card – and you can quickly share it electronically when needed. Available on iStore and Google Play Store.
  • As soon as you become a Medihelp member, we provide you with a membership card that we post to your preferred address.
  • You can also view and/or download a pdf document by logging in to Medihelp’s Member Zone.

What information is featured on my membership card?

Your card contains your unique membership number and the benefit option you are on. It also shows your membership status, your dependant code/s, the date that you enrolled, your card’s issued date, and the date that you can start claiming benefits (if a waiting period applies).

How do I request a new printed membership card?

Please contact our Customer Care centre on 086 0100 678 to request a new membership card. In the meantime, you can still use your digital membership card on Medihelp’s member app available on iStore and Google Play Store. You can also request it by logging in to Medihelp’s Member Zone.


Selected health services and procedures require to be pre-authorised to avoid out-of-pocket expenses.

Members can apply for pre-authorisations on the following platforms:

Medihelp’s Member Zone

Log onto the Member Zone and choose Pre-auths on the menu bar then the authorisation like hospitalisation you want to authorise and complete the form. All relevant forms are available on the Member Zone.

Medihelp mobile app for members

Available on iStore and Google PlayStore.

Contact us

Medihelp Call Centre: 086 0100 678

Please see the list for all the email addresses, phone and fax numbers.

Contact us

All hospital admissions

All hospital admissions must be pre-authorised, and emergency admissions must be authorised on the first workday after the admission. On Prime 1, 2, 3 and Necesse network plans, network hospitals apply.

Hospital admissions include admissions to state and private hospitals, day clinics as well as psychiatric facilities. Phone Medihelp on 086 0200 678 to get approval for your admission, but request approval for dentistry performed in hospital by emailing our dental benefit management partner, Dental Risk Company (DRC), at or visit their website at

Log in to Medihelp’s Member Zone to pre-authorise your admission fast and easy. Alternatively, use any of the following ways:

Required information

  • Membership number
  • Details of the:
    • patient
    • admission, procedure and diagnostic codes (you can get these from your treating doctor)
    • doctor
    • practice number
    • hospital

More information

  • Hospital admissions should be registered well in advance
  • If not pre-authorised, a 20% co-payment will apply on the hospital benefit amount
  • Emergency admissions must be registered on the first workday after admission
  • Voluntary admission to a non-network hospital will result in an additional 35% co-payment on the Prime and Necesse Network options
  • Standard co-payments apply to certain procedures (please refer to the product brochure)

Alternatives to hospitalisation

Private nursing, hospice services and sub-acute care as an alternative to hospitalisation

Required information

  • Membership number
  • Procedure and diagnostic codes
  • Doctor’s motivation
  • Quotation for the services of the facility
  • Details of the:
    • patient
    • doctor
    • practice number
    • facility

More information

  • Authorisation will be considered only if required as an alternative to hospitalisation, according to Medihelp’s protocols.
  • Please phone in advance to allow enough time for the authorisation process
  • If not pre-authorised, a 20% co-payment on the benefit amount may apply
  • Benefits do not include frail care services

Prescribed minimum benefits (PMB)

Required information

  • Membership number
  • Details of patient
  • Completed prescribed minimum benefits (PMB) registration/pre-authorisation form
  • ICD-10 code
  • Procedure code(s)

More information

  • Prescribed minimum benefits (PMB) conditions must be registered and pre-authorised to qualify for PMB
  • Hospital admissions for PMB conditions must also be pre-authorised at 086 0100 678
  • Emergency admissions must be authorised on the first workday following the admission

Specialised dentistry

  • Dental procedures in hospital under anaesthesia
  • Dental procedures in the dentist’s rooms under conscious sedation
  • Crowns and bridges
  • Orthodontic and periodontal treatment
  • Implants

Dental Risk Company (DRC)

Required information

  • Membership number
  • Item and procedure codes
  • Details of the:
    • patient
    • dentist
    • practice number
    • hospital
    • anaesthetist

More information

Pre-authorisation must also be obtained from Dental Risk Company (DRC) for hospital admission where extensive dental treatment is performed under general anaesthesia or where impacted teeth are removed. Co-payments will apply if authorisation wasn’t obtained.

Emergency transport services

Netcare 911

082 911

Required information

  • Membership number
  • Details of patient

More information

  • Netcare 911 is Medihelp’s preferred provider for emergency transport services
  • Comprehensive benefits are available for members residing in South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland. Necesse members only qualify for these benefits if they reside in South Africa.
  • A 50% co-payment applies if not pre-authorised

Chronic and prescribed minimum benefits (PMB) chronic medicine

Required information

  • Membership number
  • Details of patient
  • Completed forms

More information

Non-prescribed minimum benefits (PMB) chronic medicine (only applicable to members of the Elite and Plus plans)

Your doctor will have to complete certain sections of the PMB/chronic medicine application form

Prescribed minimum benefits (PMB) chronic medicine

  • Please complete a PMB/chronic application form, especially the sections about entry criteria. Forms are available on Medihelp’s Member Zone, or phone our Customer Care centre on 086 0100 678.
  • PMB chronic medicine for a condition on the Chronic Diseases List (CDL) will only apply from the date on which the PMB/chronic medicine application was finalised.

Medicine supply for more than 30 days

(NB: Applies to authorised chronic and PMB chronic medicine only)

Required information

  • Membership number
  • Details of patient
  • Completed “Medicine in advance” application form

More information

Please obtain pre-authorisation before obtaining medicine, or notify us before travelling abroad.

Specialised radiology

MRI, CT and PET imaging (PET imaging for members of the Plus option only)

  • Tel: 086 0200 678
  • Fax: 012 336 9523

Required information

  • Patient's membership number
  • Details of patient
  • Details of the radiologist
  • Date of service
  • Item and procedure codes
  • ICD-10 codes

More information

  • All MRI and CT imaging, as well as PET imaging (for members of the Plus option), must be pre-authorised. If not, these scans will be excluded from benefits except for prescribed minimum benefits (PMB).
  • Angiography does not require pre-authorisation.


Not during hospitalisation

Required information

  • Membership number
  • Details of patient
  • Doctor’s motivation/prescription

More information

Oxygen that is not administered during hospitalisation must be pre-authorised. If not, a 20% co-payment will apply.


Cancer treatment programme (in cooperation with the oncologists of the Independent Clinical Oncology Network (ICON))

Prime network options

Oncology medicine: Designated service provider (DSP)

Dis-Chem Oncology



Required information

  • Membership number
  • Details of patient
  • Completed ICON/oncology application form including ICD-10 codes

More information

  • Oncology must be obtained:
    • within the Independent Clinical Oncology Network (ICON), and
    • according to the ICON treatment protocol
  • Co-payments will apply if the above is not followed
  • Oncology treatment must be pre-authorised by Medihelp

HIV/Aids programme

All information will be treated confidentially

Disease management programme



Dis-Chem Direct



Required information

  • Membership number
  • Details of patient

More information

    Comprehensive benefits are offered for the treatment of HIV/Aids, including:
  • antiretroviral therapy, and
  • post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)

Important: If you believe you have been exposed to HIV, please obtain PEP from any doctor within 72 hours after exposure.

Medical procedures obtained abroad

Not applicable to members of the Necesse Network option

Required information

  • Membership number
  • Details of patient
  • Date of service
  • ICD-10 code of a similar local procedure
  • Doctor’s motivation

More information

  • These services must be pre-authorised by Medihelp
  • If approval is granted, benefits are paid according to the applicable tariff payable for a similar service in South Africa
  • Members receive 90 days’ emergency cover
  • PMB is not applicable abroad
  • Tip: Take out international travel insurance

Optometric services

  • Optometric examinations
  • Spectacles or contact lenses

Preferred Provider Negotiators (PPN) optometry network

More information

You can phone PPN with any questions regarding your optometry benefits.


Answers to your medical aid claim questions.

What are ICD-10 codes?

ICD-10 codes are diagnostic codes that healthcare providers use to inform medical schemes about what conditions their members were treated for so that claims can be settled correctly.

What is the difference between generic and original medicine?

After the patent rights on original medicine have expired, pharmaceutical companies may use the same active ingredients in the same dosage as the original, but under a different brand name. Using generic medicine reduces your out-of-pocket expenses.

How do I reduce or avoid medicine co-payments?

  • Visit a pharmacy in the Medihelp Preferred Pharmacy Network.
  • Use generic medicine, paid at 100% of the Maximum Medical Aid Price.
  • Use only authorised PMB medicine, paid at 100% of the Medihelp Reference Price.

What can I see on my Medihelp claims statement?

  • Claims and benefits received for the month
  • Services claimed by healthcare providers
  • Co-payments (if applicable)
  • Benefit pool (e.g. savings) from which benefits were paid
  • Any amounts rejected and reasons why
  • Summary of your benefits

How do I know whether a medical aid claim was paid?

Call our Customer Care centre on 086 0100 678, or log in to Medihelp’s Member Zone and search under “Claims” on the homepage.

How do I submit a medical aid claim?

  • Use the member app by taking a photo of the account and your proof of payment and submitting it in a few easy steps;
  • Email the photo of the account and your proof of payment to; or
  • Submit your claim by logging in to Medihelp's Member Zone and using the "Submit a claim" option – you can also submit your dental and optometry claims of Dental Risk Company (DRC) and Preferred Provider Negotiators (PPN) claims on the Member Zone.

What information should be included when submitting a claim?

Make sure that the following information is available on your claims:

  • Membership number
  • Name and surname of beneficiary
  • ICD-10 codes
  • Date on which the service/procedure was rendered

The account should not contain any modifications made by hand, as this will cause your claim to be invalid. Please attach your proof of payment to the account.

How much time do I have to submit a claim?

Make sure that your claims reach us on or before the last workday of the fourth calendar month after the month in which the service was rendered. If the claim is rejected because of omitted or incorrect information, you have 60 days from the date of rejection to resubmit the amended account.

Why is it so important to check my claims statements?

It is essential that you check your claims statements for details of your claims that have been settled, and to see which amounts were paid to healthcare providers or to you.

The message codes will indicate if additional information is required for your claim to be processed. Please remember that you only have 60 days from the date of your claims statement to submit any information we request.

Who should I contact for any claims-related enquiries?

Please send email to, phone 086 0100 678 or check for details on your claims statements on the Member Zone.

For optometric claims and enquiries, please email

For dental claims, email and for dental claim enquiries, email

What is meant by "Medihelp Tariff"?

Medihelp Tariff refers to the tariff paid by Medihelp for different medical services, and can include for example the contracted tariff for services agreed with certain groups of service providers such as hospitals, the Medihelp Dental Tariff for dental services, and the single exit price for acute medicine. The various tariffs are defined in the Rules of Medihelp and approved by Medihelp’s Board of Trustees.

Doctors and other service providers may charge tariffs that differ from the Medihelp tariff. If this happens, you’ll have to pay the difference to the service provider.

Negotiate with your doctor: Remember that, as with any other service, you may negotiate a discount with the supplier. It is advisable to determine in advance how much the service provider will charge and how much Medihelp will pay for a specific service. By doing so, you can calculate possible out-of-pocket expenses in advance in order to prevent any unexpected medical expenses.


Medihelp’s free wellness programme

What is HealthPrint and who can join?

HealthPrint is Medihelp’s free online wellness programme designed to improve your health and promote your wellness. On HealthPrint, you can create and monitor your unique health profile. HealthPrint also includes a pregnancy and baby/toddler programme that is there for you during your journey as parent, a BMI weight-loss programme, and other exciting functionalities. Click here to join.

How can a member join HealthPrint?

To register for HealthPrint, simply click here (you will need your Medihelp membership number at hand). It’s quick, easy and most of all, free!

Where can I find more information about Medihelp’s running and cycling club?

Anyone is welcome to join Medihelp MultiSport, Medihelp’s club for runners and cyclists. Become part of this exclusive active community, make friends and get fit while having fun! Click here to find out more.


Answers to common Medihelp membership questions


A minimally invasive surgical procedure on a joint to examine and/or treat damage using an arthroscope, an endoscope (flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it) inserted into the joint through a small incision.

Back treatment programme

A non-surgical treatment plan that lasts up to nine weeks and is developed per eligible individual by an interdisciplinary team based on the patient's clinical profile.


A screening test of the entire colon where an endoscope (a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it) is used to examine and/or detect possible gut problems.

Day-to-day benefits

Medihelp’s benefits are indicated as core benefits, added insured benefits and day-to-day benefits. Day-to-day benefits are mostly out of hospital, non-emergency benefits like GP and specialist consultation, radiology and pathology (out of hospital), dental, optometry, acute and self-medication. Day-to-day benefits mostly have annual limit or if your option has a savings account these benefits will pay for day-to-day services.


Any sudden and unexpected onset of a health condition that requires immediate medical or surgical treatment, where failure to provide such treatment would result in serious impairment or dysfunction of a bodily organ or part, or would place the person's life in serious jeopardy.


A list of preferred items (medicine, pathology, prosthetic or otherwise) based on its safety efficacy and cost-effectiveness, used in the diagnosis and/or treatment of a medical condition.


A nonsurgical procedure where an endoscope (a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it) is used to help confirm or rule out problems of the upper part of gastrointestinal system.

Chronic care programme

An individualised programme where a case manager is appointed to support you with treatment and advice for optimising your well-being if you suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes simultaneously


A facility designed to provide support to sick or terminally ill patients and their families.


Medihelp distinguishes between five types of medicine prescribed by a doctor, dentist or specialist or medicine not prescribed, namely

  • PMB/chronic medicine (pre-authorisation and designated service providers (DSP) may apply to PMB/chronic medicine) – medicine must be prescribed by a doctor/specialist for three and more months
  • Non-PMB chronic medicine – medicine must be prescribed by a doctor/specialist for three and more months
  • Acute medicine – medicine prescribed by a doctor
  • Self-medication – over the counter medicine
  • Medicine to take home after discharge from hospital (to-take-out medicine (TTO)).

Note: Medihelp has a preferred pharmacy network and all our members will benefit from using the network (Necesse members have to obtain their medicine within the network).

Medihelp Reference Price (MHRP)

The MHRP applies to all pre-authorised PMB medicine. Price is determined according to the most cost-effective treatment based on evidence-based principles. The MHRP differs per benefit option and is subject to change.

Medihelp Tariff (MT)

The tariff paid by Medihelp for different medical services, which can include the contracted tariff for services agreed with certain groups of service providers such as hospitals, the Medihelp Dental Tariff for dental services, and the single exit price for acute medicine.

Nuclear radiology

A medical specialty which uses radioactive substances to diagnose and treat a disease.


A set of clinical guidelines relating to the optimal sequence of diagnostic testing and treatments for specific conditions, including clinical practice guidelines, standard treatment guidelines, disease management guidelines and formularies.


A procedure where an endoscope (a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it) is used to help confirm or rule out problems of the sigmoid colon (the final segment of the colon).

Sub-acute care

A facility used as an alternative to hospitalisation that provides post-operative care or care to patients with debilitating disease, or post-injury care.

Supplementary health services

Supporting health services including physiotherapy, speech therapy and dietician services. Benefits differ according to the different plans.


A life-threatening bacterial infection that produces a toxin which affects the brain and nervous system, causing painful muscle spasms and serious breathing difficulties.


Body mass index


Chronic Diseases List


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease


Continuous positive airway pressure


Computerised tomography


Document-Based Care


Designated service provider


Emergency medical services


Endovascular aortic replacement surgery


Faecal occult blood test


General practitioner


Human Immunodeficiency Virus


Human papilloma virus


Medihelp Reference Price


Maximum Medical Aid Price


Medihelp Oncology Reference Price


Magnetic resonance imaging


Medihelp tariff


Positron emission tomography


Prescribed minimum benefits


Preferred Provider Negotiators


To take out (medicine)