Home > Medical schemes > News Updated 29 November 2018 Without Medical Gap Cover, members are liable for shortfalls Medical scheme members are often angry and upset when they realise hospitalisation costs are mostly not fully covered by their medical schemes. Gap Cover could be the answer. 0 iStock Like us on Facebook » Subscribe to the newsletter » Ask CyberDoc » Quiz How long will you live? » Medical history Bacteria gallery As a medical scheme member, you probably expect your full treatment costs to be covered should you or your dependents be hospitalised. Unfortunately, this is seldom the case. Medical scheme payouts are limited to what schemes call their Medical Scheme Tariff amount (MST), while certain medical practitioners charge up to four times the MST amount. This mismatch between the amount charged by medical practitioners and that funded by medical schemes creates a shortfall or gap for which the member is liable. The total Rand amount of these gaps can be significant, often causing severe financial stress and/or consequences for the affected medical scheme member. Read: 10 tips on choosing a medical schemeClick here to the video that explains a little bit more about what the gap cover is. The table below illustrates the shortfalls that occur across 5 of the most common treatments. The examples show the real combined medical practitioner charges, the amount paid by the scheme, as well as the shortfall or amount covered for members with Liberty Health Medical Gap Cover. Liberty Health’s Medical Gap Cover is probably the best known Gap Policy available to all medical scheme members, not just members of Liberty Medical Scheme. As an insurance policy, it doesn’t replace the need for medical scheme cover but rather complements it. Benefits offered by Liberty Health’s Medical Gap Cover:• Cover of up to 500% of MST• R2 500 000 cover per family, per year• R20 000 automatic co-payment cover• Cover is not restricted to in-hospital treatment but also includes cover for approximately 50 out-of-hospital treatments• Cover for the immediate family – those family members listed as medical scheme dependents • Cover for parents and siblings of the policyholder – those who are listed as medical scheme dependents• No maximum age limit restrictions• No blanket pre-existing condition exclusions• Cover for Prescribed Minimum Benefit (PMB) conditionsTo find out more, contact your Liberty Agent or Liberty-appointed Independent Financial Advisor. Alternatively, contact Zestlife, the administrators of the Liberty Health Medical Gap Cover Policy on 0860 009 378 or by email on email@example.com. Press release, Zestlife NEXT ON HEALTH24X Ramaphosa launches anti-corruption forum ‘to protect the NHI Fund’ 2019-10-03 10:12 More: Medical schemesNews advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Diet and nutrition Could obesity alter a child's brain structure? Workflow Simple fix freed this boy's tongue trapped in bottle Medical Psoriasis, mental ills can go hand in hand Lifestyle A birth control pill you take just once a month? Diet and nutrition Keto vs. Whole30: These are the key differences between the diets, according to RDs Fitness 13 best bodyweight leg exercises you can do anywhere Live healthier Lifestyle » E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places. Allergy » Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.