SA’s Best Hospitals and Cheapest Hospital Plan

Last year, Discovery Health released patients’ ratings of SA’s top 20 private hospitals with some interesting results.

The Western Cape led the pack with an impressive nine private hospitals in the list. Kwazulu-Natal came in second with five private hospitals with Gauteng and The Free State each featuring two private hospitals in joint third. Mpumalanga and North-West each only had one hospital in the list.

Here Are SA’s Top 20 Private Hospitals

Cheapest hospitals in South Africa

When illness strikes, we would like to know that our health-related needs are as important to the medical care giver who admits us as they are to us. The below information was gathered by Discovery Health, over a number of years, from patients who had been hospitalised.

  1. Life Mount Edgecombe Hospital in Kwazulu-Natal
  2. Life Rosepark Hospital in Bloemfontein
  3. Kuils River Private Hospital in Cape Town
  4. N1 City Hospital in Cape Town
  5. Melomed Bellville Hospital in Cape Town
  6. Ethekwini Hospital & Heart Centre in Durban
  7. Hillcrest Private Hospital in Durban
  8. Lowveld Hospital in Nelspruit
  9. Midvaal Private Hospital in Vereeniging
  10. Wilmed Park Private Hospital in Klerksdorp
  11. Zuid-Afrikaans Hospital in Pretoria
  12. HooglandMediclinic in Bethlehem
  13. Milnerton Mediclinic in Cape Town
  14. Panorama Mediclinic in Cape Town
  15. Stellenbosch Mediclinic
  16. Cape GateMediclinic in Cape Town
  17. Hermanus Mediclinic
  18. Howick Mediclinic
  19. Louis LeipoldtMediclinic in Cape Town
  20. Victoria Mediclinic in KwaZulu-Natal

What is a Hospital Plan?

Hospital plans refer to all hospital services used when admitted to hospital, such as the anaesthetist and surgeon fees. This plan should not be confused with hospital insurance or hospital cash-back plans.

A hospital plan has to pay for 270 Prescribed Minimum Benefits, when treated in a hospital, and for the treatment of 26 chronic conditions.

So what’s the difference? A hospital plan pays up to a certain limit for the procedures and treatment that you receive in a hospital. Whereas hospital cash-back plans tend to pay for the time you spend in hospital.

SA’s Cheapest Hospital Plans

With the growing inflation and worrying economic climate, many consumers are worried about how they will manage, come the new year, when medical aid providers raise their premiums. Discovery Health announced last week that they will be raising their premiums by an average of 10.2% in January 2017.

This is almost 2% higher than last year’s average of 8.6%. With South Africa’s Consumer Index only rising by 6.8%, many South Africans will be looking to tighten their belts and opt for cheaper hospital plans in order to stay above water. 

With Discovery Health enjoying the lion’s share of SA’s medical aid market and over three million customers, many South Africans may balk upon reading January 2017’s statement, unless they opt for a cheaper package sooner.

Cheapest Hospital Plans

Scheme Cost for Principle Member
Discovery Health Keycare Core R665 – R1281
Genesis Private Choice R950
Momentum Custom Option 1 R1152
FedHealth Entryzone R1179
Discovery Health Essential Delta Core R1190
Discovery Health Coastal Core R1302
Bonitas BonEssential R1316
Resolution Health Hospital Plan R1375
Discovery Health Smart Plan R1397
Genesis Private R1420
MediHelp Dimension Prime 1 R1452
Discovery Health Essential Core R1499
Momentum Custom Option 2 R1557
FedHealth Maxima Core R1695
Discovery Health Classic Core R1745

Cheapest Hospital Plans (With Savings)

This plan is almost the same as the above-mentioned plans, except they provide a limited savings account for day-to-day use.

Scheme Cost for Principle Member
MediHelp Unify R1752
Genesis Private Plus R1800
Discovery Health Essential Saver R1862
Discovery Health Coastal Saver   R1 862
Discovery Health Classic Delta Saver R1872
Bonitas BonSave R1908
MediHelp Dimension Prime 2 R1926
MedShield MediSaver   R2343
Discovery Health Classic Saver R2344
FedHealth Maxima Standard R2693
Momentum Extender Option 1 R3303
Resolution Health Millenium       R3592
Momentum Extender Option 2 R4 061

Hospital Plans (With Day-to-Day Cover)

Day-to-day cover provides for all your pharmaceutical and medical practice expenses. These include visiting the chiropractor or purchasing over-the-counter medication. This cover falls away and is renewed at the end of each year.

Scheme Cost For Principle Member
MedShield MediValue R1 392
Momentum Incentive Option R1 524
Momentum Access Option R1 693
Bonitas Primary R1 719
Resolution Health Progressive Flex R1 910
FedHealth Maxima Basis  R2 223
Momentum Incentive Option R2 228
MedShield MediPlus R2 325
FedHealth Maxima Standard R2 693
Bonitas Standard R2 683



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