Updated 18 September 2015

Getting ready for that op

Set for surgery? Get organised before your operation and smooth over any possible obstacles that are within your control.


Being well cared for after accidents is not the only reason why having a medical scheme is important.

Take action:

 - If you're a medical scheme member, get your paperwork sorted out with your medical scheme before you're admitted, you usually need to get an authorisation number

- Find out which hospital group your medical scheme prefer, this could save you money

- Remember to take your ID book, medical scheme membership card and other personal details with you when you check in

- Alert the hospital prior to admission if you're vegetarian, or require halaal food, or any other special diet

- Make sure the doctors and nurses are aware of any allergies you might have.

Read more:

10 reasons to have a schememedical
Medical scheme dependants: who qualifies?


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