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Covid-19 shines spotlight on gaping holes in personal risk planning and responding insurance solutions

Published: Tue, 11 Aug 20

The Covid-19 pandemic has pulled a critical thread, unravelling the fibre of every economic and social structure, across countries, continents and communities. In the wake of soaring infections, hospitalisations and global lockdowns, this black swan event has painfully revealed how vulnerable we are to an unprecedented, ...
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COVID-19 and guidance for the medical profession

Published: Thu, 06 Aug 20

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has recognised the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak and provided special guidelines that will apply during the pandemic. The HPCSA will continue to operate, but with restrictions. For example, professional conduct inquiries and in-person mediations will be suspended ...
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Notification obligations under a medical malpractice insurance policy

Published: Thu, 06 Aug 20

Medical malpractice insurance is a practical necessity in the current litigious environment, writes Aneesa Bodiat of Natmed Medical Defence (http://www. natmed. mobi/), as an unfavourable judgment can lead to severe financial and reputation consequences. Some of the most serious cases, for example where ...
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PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY DURING A PANDEMIC

Published: Thu, 06 Aug 20

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a unique set of circumstances for medical professionals, many of whom would do well to be seek clarity from their professional insurers as they are called on to step into unfamiliar terrain. Medical malpractice insurance usually covers malpractice related to a medical practitioner’s ...
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Liberty Drives Hope - and places the needs of ordinary South Africans at the core

Published: Fri, 31 Jul 20

It was a desperate cry for help on Facebook. When Karen Denny, Divisional Executive for Liberty’s Digital Marketing team, first read it, her heart sank. An elderly woman had anonymously poured her heart out, searching for help after she was sexually assaulted by a relative. The woman’s family and friends ...
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WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE LEAVE DURING LOCKDOWN

Published: Mon, 27 Jul 20

By Paresha Kala and Ashley Ramsoonder, senior consultants and occupational therapists at Alexander Forbes Health Management Solutions   With no clear indication on when Covid-19 lockdown restrictions will end, mental illness, exhaustion and burnout should be a concern for companies. For this reason, they ...
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How to spot a financial scam

Published: Thu, 09 Jul 20

Richard Rattue, MD, Compli-Serve SA   The prevalence of online financial crime speaks to the value of personal and company data. At a recent webinar, Reuters, shared some important reminders. Even though you may have taken the necessary precautions to keep yourself safe, scams evolve just as we do. Becoming ...
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POPI ACT IS NOW IN FORCE

Published: Tue, 07 Jul 20

FIVE STEPS TO ENSURE POPI COMPLIANCE FOR DIRECT MARKETING   07 July 2020: The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPI) has now come into effect and it is important that South Africa businesses adhere to the new regulations. The use of personal information is everywhere and it’s almost ...
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New Pandemic Insurance solution protects consumers against the financial ramifications of Covid-19 hospitalisation

Published: Mon, 06 Jul 20

As lockdown measures are incrementally relaxed in South Africa to kickstart the economy, cases of COVID-19 have begun to rise significantly. The country now has over 196 750 confirmed cases as of 5 July 2020, and latest Government projections suggest that this number could rise to over 400 000 cases by mid-July ...
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DRAFTING A WILL DURING THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN

Published: Wed, 01 Jul 20

By Christel Botha, Alexander Forbes Fiduciary Services Manager   Life in lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic has given people time to reflect on their personal affairs, leading to an increase in numbers of people making and updating their Last Will and Testament in a bid to regain control over their lives ...
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Insurance Gateway Launches Virtual Offices

Published: Fri, 26 Jun 20

Insurance Gateway developed a new way of connecting brokers to their clients. This new platform will launch 1 July 2020 and I would like to invite you to have a look. To view our offices please click the link below. Features include online appointments, instant video meetings, document management, AI, CRM and even ...
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Spiralling healthcare costs leave consumers exposed to out-of-pocket hospitalisation expenses not covered by medical aid

Published: Tue, 23 Jun 20

With healthcare costs growing at around 10% - levels well-beyond inflation - and with most medical schemes announcing annual plan increases of between 8-9% for 2020, South African medical scheme consumers are left with little choice but to buy down on their medical scheme benefit options in a bid to manage their high ...
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ARE COMPANIES DOING ENOUGH FOR EMPLOYEES IN THE WAKE OF COVID-19

Published: Thu, 11 Jun 20

Covid-19 has changed ways of working, with more outcome based deliverables required, being constantly available and demonstrating one’s value during the current pressures. With the added stress from the current economic climate, what should South African employers be doing to ensure the health and wellness of ...
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FINANCIAL RELIEF FOR MEDICAL SCHEME MEMBERS

Published: Fri, 29 May 20

Medical aid members who are looking for payment relief could have a possible solution to hand – but terms and conditions apply, says Susan Weedman, Alexander Forbes Health Senior Consulting Manager   The financial relief will depend on if the scheme has been granted contribution relief approval by ...
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WHY MEDICAL AID SHOULD BE IMPORTANT TO MILLENNIALS

Published: Tue, 12 May 20

Millennials may question the need to have medical cover, as they consider themselves to be fairly healthy, active and may not have existing chronic medical conditions. At some stage of our lives whether young or old there may be a need for unforeseen and sometimes costly medical treatment. Not having adequate ...
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Covid-19: TERS - 5 important updates

Published: Mon, 04 May 20

by Joon Chong, Dhevarsha Ramjettan, Johan Olivier, Shane Johnson, Bianca Viljoen, Zipho Tile   Since the launch of TERS, there has been (almost) daily changes introduced by the Unemployment Insurance Fund. Following those amendments, the Minister of Employment & Labour ...
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1Life Insurance offers free tuition for school children through Boston City Campus Connect and Ivy Digital

Published: Tue, 28 Apr 20

1Life Insurance has reaffirmed the company’s long-standing commitment to educating South Africans by launching a new partnership with Boston City Campus Connect and Ivy Digital, that will provide children of 1Life newsletter subscribers with free tuition from Grades 8 – 12. “In 2013 we ...
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The non-legal guide to surviving the Coronavirus

Published: Fri, 24 Apr 20

Soon after the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic, and the declaration of the National Disaster, there was an outbreak of legal and other publications, some more helpful than others, dealing with COVID-19, the law, the end of the world, and surviving the Coronavirus. You could seek guidance from a letter supposedly ...
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The Pandemic, Physical Damage, Business Interruption Losses and Reinsurance

Published: Tue, 07 Apr 20

The Pandemic, Physical Damage, Business Interruption Losses and Reinsurance How is your 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle progressing?   Coronavirus and physical damage You may have seen reference to the recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision in MDS Inc v Factory Mutual Insurance Company ...
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COVID-19: MAKE SURE YOUR MEDICAL AID, SAVINGS AND RISK BENEFITS ARE COVERED

Published: Thu, 02 Apr 20

By Rita Cool, certified financial planner at Alexander Forbes and NT Snyman, senior consultant at Alexander Forbes Health   The COVID-19 pandemic has placed additional financial pressure on South Africans. If you are being retrenched or having your hours cut, you might be pondering your options on pausing ...
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Policy Year:

The year in which a policy was issued or renewed. The policy year is a special accounting unit, unique to the insurance industry, analogous to a cost accounting unit used in manufacturing industries. This unit is used for development of exact loss costs and loss ratios to relate losses under a selected group of policies to the exposure, and to the policy premiums.
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