We asked Diabetic South Africans to vote on the best medical aid for people with diabetes in South Africa – and why. Medical aids can be really difficult to choose, so we thought it would be helpful to hear from the community what works for them.
The best medical aid for diabetics
Here are the results! Comment below if you want to add your vote about the best medical aid for diabetics to the list…
Bonitas won the vote as the best medical aid for diabetics in South Africa.
- Bonitas BonSave option. Just have a co-payment on my Tresiba and Prexum. But they pay for everything else. Have been with them for 12 years and no problem so far with them – Elmarie
- My son is on Bonitas BonCap and they pay for his strips and insulin, just a small co-payment on his long acting. They paid his 7 day hospital bill in full when he was diagnosed. Just wish they’d pay for a CGM. – Diane
- Bonitas…by a mile and a half BUT medical aids are VERY expensive and in my view OVER PRICED. – Isak
- Bonitas is the best, leaving Discovery they’re too much. – Cherell
- Bonitas – a very small co-payment. – Ivan
- Bonitas Standard Select. – Gertruida
- Bonitas Standard Select and have co-payments every month. But Bonitas are tops – Arrie
- My hubby is on Bonitas BonCap plan. They pay for all his chronic medication. – Constance
- Mom used Bonitas – Cya
Discovery Health came out in second place, just behind Bonitas.
- Discovery classic comprehensive.If you use your savings just for things within medical aid rates and diabetic supplies once you are in your above threshold you get R60 000 medical equipment allowance. – Casey
- Discovery, I’m happy with the service it’s the cost that’s OTT. I’m 60 and don’t have a big monthly income, the majority of my income goes to cover our medical aid as both my husband and I are on chronic meds. – Ursula
- Am on Discovery and they pay for all my meds on PMB. Including strips, needles and insulin. Small co-payments on some. – Trusha
- I would definitely vote for Discovery. They are expensive but pay for everything. Good service and make sure you have gap cover. – Mariaan
- Discovery Classic Comprehensive has been fantastic. – Nicholas
- l’m on Discovery Classic Priority. Happy with it as it pays for everything. – Nancy
- Discovery. – Gracel
- No problems with Discovery. They cover everything related to diabetics, even the lancets for testing. Nothing is excluded from my experience. – Shirley
- Discovery South Africa has been great. I’m just working on more test strips. – Leigh
GEMS (Government Employee’s Medical Scheme) is for state employees. It came third, but that’s not helpful if you don’t work for the government!
- GEMS – Siphiwe
- I’m on GEMS, excellent support, send you reminders for all your tests, a nurse also calls to check on your wellbeing and they cover all my medication. Only problem is they pay for 50 strips a month so if you’re testing your sugar twice a day for like 4/5 days you don’t have strips. – Louise
- GEMS Emerald package – Celeste
Momentum Health and Fedhealth tied as the next best medical aid for diabetics.
- Momentum is very good to me. Paying all my diabetic medication and doctors visits. – Jane
- Momentum Health has been very good to me for a few years now. They pay for my chronic insulin, glucophage and simvastatin in full, unlimited GP visits and two specialist visits per year. Hospital is covered as well. – Cookie
- All medical aids are expensive but I’m on Fedhealth and I have no problems with them as I’m on insulin. Everything is paid. – Mark
- Fedhealth has been super! – Britny
Polmed (the South African Police Service Medical Scheme) also got a few votes.
- I’m on Polmed,they slow sometimes but they get things done. They registered me on the care plan and all chronic meds paid from that basket. – Saved
- Polmed Marine. – Monique
- Keyhealth and its paid my eye injections every month… The best – Ams
- Profmed have been good for us. – Brian
- Hosmed…small payment on insullin otherwise no problems at all….16 years with them. – Lillian
- Platinum Health not bad. – Jaco
- Barloworld Medscheme. – Portia
- All med aids are expensive, I’m on Bestmed and have not had any problems. – Pam
- I am on Bankmed and I am really happy with my medical aid. They cover all my chronic medication and there is no co-payment. They cover my insulin, diabetic oral medication, strips and needles, as I test at least 7 times a day. – Pam
- I’m on Genesis, Private Comprehensive and they have been very good to me. Joined last November and I was well at that point of joining. Ended up very ill 19 days after joining and being hospitalized 5 times for a total of 30 days to date and they have covered me. – Tishaan
- I’m on Medihelp (network 3) it pays for all meds. – Nonhlanhla