Plain reality dictates that we have an increasing need for medical care and health products as we grow older. This is also possibly the most difficult and expensive need for people in the later phases of life. Whilst we would like to be able offer members a Medical Aid, the cost structure is prohibitive. If the Government implements the much vaunted REF (Rates Equalisation Fund) SAARP intends to immediately become involved in finalising currently mothballed negotiations to register our own medical aid fund. Until then however, the alternatives will have to do.
Currently we have short-term healthcare products on offer which are supplementary to medical aid.
Vision and spectacles
We have arrangements with nationally represented companies like Spec-Savers who provide visionary aids at specially negotiated prices country wide. There is even a service with which, by prior arrangement, we can organize for mobile testing facilities to visit retirement villages, thereby enabling members to have the services brought to them on a specific day.
Members making use of this facility are requested to go about it as follows:
- Pay for the service in cash.
- Obtain proof of expenditure and any necessary documentation.
- Submit this documentation to the Medical Aid for a refund.
Please note that requesting a discount to be processed in a claims submission to Spectra-med will disqualify you for the discount. The object is to try and keep claims within the Medical Aid limits and avoid having to make a co-payment.
The REVISED 2015 SAARP offer will be advertised in their bulletin and is valid until 31 December 2015. In order to qualify for this offer, all members need to display their SAARP membership cards. This offer applies to cash and Credit card purchases only, not applicable to Medical Insurance claims.
What does this OFFER entail?
- Single Vision Package Deal: R725
- Bifocal Package Deal: R1075
- Multifocal Package Deal: R1625
And will consist of the following with 2 ADDED benefits:
- One consultation, Vision Fields and Intra Ocular Pressure
- One pair of Aquity clear prescription lenses
- A grey sticker frame – should a member not want a grey sticker or free frame, the member must pay the value of the frame opted for in full.
- All SAARP members qualify for the normal 2.5% My Own Loyalty similar to all other SpecSavers customers.
In the event of a member not requiring spectacles a consultation fee ofR425.00 will apply.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THIS OFFER IS AVAILABLE TO SAARP MEMBERS WHO PAY FOR THE SERVICE IN CASH AND DOES NOT APPLY TO MEMBERS WHO WANT THE PAYMENT TO BE MADE BY THEIR MEDICAL SCHEMES. THIS OFFER EXCLUDES ALL OTHER OFFERS.
A negotiated scheme with Impact Hearing gives members a R750-00 discount on the purchase of one of 4 well-known makes of hearing aids. Even if there is no direct Impact Hearing consultancy in your area, you can get the discount – in the form of a refund from Impact Hearing – by purchasing one of these makes of hearing aids and providing proof of purchase to Impact Hearing.