You can now buy vouchers for doctor visits – and they’re surprisingly cheap

Johannesburg – Private medical group Netcare has just announced that you’ll be able to buy vouchers for GP visits.

The vouchers, which are available to buy online, are a way to give people without medical aid access to private medical care. You can still buy a voucher even if are a medical aid member as they are considerably cheaper than the fees many doctors charges for private consultations.

Dr Richard Friedland, chief executive office of the Netcare Group says: the NetcarePlus GP vouchers “can significantly improve access to private healthcare, as it offers a practical and affordable solution to South Africans who need the care of a doctor but for whom it would otherwise be difficult to afford this.”

There are three types of vouchers available. A virtual doctor consultation for R290. An in-person visit costs R350, and a consultation that combines an in-person visit with prescribed acute medications, such as antibiotics, costs R430.

“The competitive pricing of the NetcarePlus GP Vouchers, which is offered at a discount in relation to medical aid tariffs, compares very favourably with private GP consultation fees across the industry, and provides excellent value for money,” said Teshlin Akaloo, managing director of Netcare’s Innovative Products Division.

The doctors need to be members of Netcare’s “Trusted Partner Network” and according to the company, they already have more 500 doctors across all nine provinces and major cities signed up.

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