Why We Consider South Africa For Medical Tourism

South Africa has been considered a world leader in medicine since the first human heart transplant was performed in Cape Town in 1967 and today the high standard of surgery, medical research and medical technology makes a name for South Africa worldwide in the field and drawn in many medical tourists to the country. Equipped with modern health care facilities that treat practically all current diseases and injuries. South African health care facilities are unsurpassed on the African continent.

Key strengths of South Africa for Medical Tourism

  1. Easy access to healthcare.
  2. World-renowned for its cosmetic surgeries.
  3. Well-rounded Health tourism packages.
  4. Staff and locals are familiar with western culture and speak fluent English.
  5. Government undertakes initiatives to improve Healthcare infrastructure for Medical tourists.
  6. Low waiting period, quick response in medical care and timely diagnosis.
  7. First-class healthcare services at affordable prices.
  8. Many of the private clinics and hospitals are located in salubrious areas
  9. First class surgeons work to extremely high standards in clinics.

Information for Travelers to South Africa

Administrative capital: Pretoria
Legislative capital: Cape Town
Judicial capital: Bloemfontein
Other large cities: Johannesburg; Ekurhuleni; Durban
Monetary unit: Rand
Exchange rate: USD 1 = Rand 15.10
Languages: IsiZulu 22.7%, IsiXhosa 16%, Afrikaans 13.5%, Sepedi 9.1%, English 9.6%, Setswana 8%, Sesotho 7.6%, Xitsonga 4.5%, siSwati 2.5%, Tshivenda 2.4%, isiNdebele 2.1%, other 1.6%
Note: English is the most important language for national, political, and commercial communication.
International Dialling Code: + 27
Electric Plug Types:
Type C Type D Type M Type N
2 pins 3 pins 3 pins 3 pins
not grounded grounded grounded grounded
2.5 A 5 A 15 A 10 A & 20 A
almost always 220 – 240 V 220 – 240 V 220 – 240 V 100 – 240 V
socket compatible with plug type C socket compatible with plug type D (partial and unsafe compatibility with C, E & F) socket compatible with plug type M socket compatible with plug types C & N

Health Insurance

Discovery Health

Website: https://www.discovery.co.za/

Discovery Health is South Africa’s most sought after and well known health care provider. We have a reputation as being the most valuable health cover provider a client could ask for.

We value the way we are seen in the community, and pride ourselves in achieving new and innovative benefits to provide to our clients through an ongoing basis.

There is no end to the value added insurance services we can provide to our clients. Who else rewards their clients for living a healthy life?

That’s our difference, we encourage our clients to stay healthy, and so they don’t need to seek medical care as often as most.

Discovery Health Insurance

Discovery Insurance offers their clients a range of flexible and comprehensive insurance cover options specifically created to assist with a wide range of eventualities uppermost in mind.

Hand-pick your insurance products from the numerous affordable insurance offerings that will cater to all your insurance needs and requirements, such as fully comprehensive cover for the home, buildings, home contents as well as portable items.

About Discovery Health

Discovery Health is a household name which is easily recognisable both locally and internationally. Expect the best health care with Discovery Insurance, although a plethora products are also available under the Discovery Insurance umbrella – a stalwart in the insurance world.

Discovery Healthcare will ensure you:

Enjoy better health care with easy access to a huge selection of care programmes, benefits and services, all designed to guarantee that healthcare workers and individuals have full access to the very best healthcare available as and when they need it most.

Furthermore, health care contributions are cost-effective and on the average they are at least 14.6% lower than other healthcare service providers on comparable plans in South Africa.

The healthier lifestyle you live, the more you will be rewarded with discounts and benefits right across the board.

Live your best life with Discovery Life Insurance – here’s how:

Discovery Life Insurance encourages their members to live their best, healthiest lives through rewards with discounts that are paid both upfront and that are ongoing.

By driving safely and living a healthy lifestyle you will soon discover that you are richly rewarded through the wellness and rewards programmes.

On joining Discovery Life you will receive an initial discount of 15%, and the better you manage your health and your wellness the more benefits you will get.

The secret is to select the integration link to all your other Discovery products which include Discovery Health, Vitality, your Discovery Car and/or your Vitalitydrive to your Discovery Life Plan – you will be pleasantly surprised at how quickly you qualify for an initial premium discount as well as ongoing premium discounts. The best part is that you can enjoy getting as much as 50% on your premiums back for living your best and healthiest life!

This amazing PayBack benefit presents clients with incredible reimbursements and by linking all your Discovery products you can receive a portion of your premiums back every five years just by managing your health and wellness well.

Furthermore, you can now choose to receive a PayBack benefit every year (annually) for the first ten years of your policy – the good news being you can get as much as 35% of your premiums back every single year!

Vitality Insurance encourages its clients to live their best, healthiest lives and by doing so members will be richly rewarded.

Essential Med

Website: https://www.essentialmed.co.za/

About Essential Med

Essential Med has been providing affordable health insurance for over a decade, with a focus on flexible cover that is as unique as you are. Our day-to-day benefits, along with affordable hospital plans create a comprehensive product that will provide the right assistance as you need it. We arm our clients with expert knowledge and advice so that they are empowered enough to lead a happy, healthy life.

Our Comprehensive Medical Cover

At Essential Med, we know that success means nothing without health, which is why we have made it our mission to offer you health cover that is as unique as you are. Our comprehensive health insurance offers a wide variety of day-to-day benefits catering for all your medical needs.

Prevention is better than cure, so you can get access to the likes of unlimited GP visits through our nationwide network of doctors. There are also perfect smiles all around with our dentistry benefits, among many others.

Our hospital cover is comprehensive, so you can take comfort in the fact that we will take care of you when accidents happen or illness strikes, as well as cover your ICU, casualty ward and maternity needs, and even specialist assistance when needed.

We haven’t even gotten to the best part yet; Essential Med’s medical cover is completely flexible. This means that you can build your very own medical cover from scratch, which allows you to pick and choose the benefits that you want, without having to pay for services that you don’t. The end result of this is a monthly cost that fits perfectly in your budget, with cover that perfectly fits your lifestyle.

Browse through the full range of benefits online at Essential Med now. Alternatively you can head to our Frequently Answered Questions section to get even more information, or chat with one of our friendly consultants.

Hospital Cover

Hospital cover from Essential Med allows you to live your life with complete peace of mind, knowing that in an emergency you will get the assistance you need and deserve.

At a time where everything can feel insignificant, the last thing you want is more stress regarding the cost of medical assistance, or having to be transported around to other facilities.

Day-to-Day Cover

At Essential Med, sick days won’t leave you feeling down in the dumps. Our excellent day-to-day cover will ensure you are up and running in no time, with access to doctors and the medication  you need, when you need it most!

Whether winter has tried to suffocate you with flu, or spring has you sneezing 24/7, you can combat the symptoms quickly, instead of allowing them to worsen.

A plan as unique as you

Choose the benefits that fit your lifestyle and pocket.

About Us

We provide access to health cover that is as unique as you are

Essential Med shook up the market back in 2005 and has continued to provide comprehensive and flexible health cover to people all around South Africa.

The Essential Med difference is simple; we provide access to health cover that is as unique as you are. This is done by allowing you to choose the benefits that you want, which gives you full control over what you are paying for – allowing you to structure a plan that fits your pocket perfectly.

These benefits include day-to-day benefits as well as hospital cover so that you always have access to the right assistance, as and when you need it.

As passionate as we are about creating unique benefit options for individuals, we are as flexible when it comes to tailoring group medical insurance for businesses, at an affordable rate.

Behind the scenes, constant work goes into research and development of new products which continue to enhance your medical cover, And because medical terminology can be overwhelmingly technical, we have put together a growing knowledge base right here, online, where you can get answers to all of your questions.

At Essential Med, you will be empowered with the understanding and cover you need to lead a happy and healthy life.

Find a doctor, dentist or service provider near you

Essential Med has put in tremendous effort to create a network of doctors and specialists that will provide you quality healthcare as and when you need it.

When visiting these doctors, you will enjoy the full cover offered in your policy, allowing you complete peace of mind.

This list includes doctors from around South Africa, which means that you can establish relationships with doctors that you may need to see regularly in your area, while also still enjoying excellent assistance during your travels around the country.

And when it comes to hospital cover, you don’t have to worry about having to look for specific private hospitals, as our coverage is valid at all of them. This means that in the case of an emergency, you can enjoy the best medical assistance at the closest hospital to you.

From General Practitioners to specialist doctors in a range of medical fields, Essential Med will put you in touch with highly qualified professionals quickly and easily.


South African Airways

IATA-Code: SA | Website: http://www.flysaa.com/

South African Airways (SAA) is South Africa's national flag carrier airline. Rated by performance, flight routes covered and revenues, South African Airways is Africa's largest and best airline. Founded in 1934 after Union Airlines was acquired by the South African government, the airline is one of the oldest carriers in the country.

The airline underwent a complete branding and livery make-over in 1997, when a brand new image and services such as online ticketing was introduced by the SAA board. During this process the old Sprinbok emblem, mirroring the old South African flag's colours, were phased out in favour of the modern South African Airways corporate identity.

During 2006 the airline split from Transnet, its former parent company, to operate as an independent entity. The airline has established links with other local airlines such as SAA Airlink and South African Express Airlines. South African Airways also owns Mango Airlines, a low cost South African airline that operates in the domestic flights market.

South African Airways is a member of the Star Alliance, the biggest airline alliance in the world. It is also the only South African Airline that's earned the prestigious Skytrax 4-star airline ranking. It's also earned the Skytrax best African Airline award for numerous years. South African Airways' headquarters are in Airways Park in Kempton Park, Gauteng. From this international hub, it flies to 38 domestic, regional and international locations.

In September 2017 it was announced that SAA would need to cut its fleet in order to return to profitability. The airline retired 5 of its narrow-body aircraft, reducing flights by 23% in order to comply with its turnaround strategy. The airline still operates the largest fleet in Africa, but is loss-making.

The airline flies to over 38 destinations worldwide, with direct flights to international hubs such Mumbai, Buenos Aires and London. Additional destinations include Europe, China Ctonou, Benin, Abuja, Nigeria, Madagascar, the Republic of Congo, Burundi and Cameroon. It also flies to a range of regional destinations in African on a regular basis.

Kenya Airways

IATA-Code: KQ | Website: http://www.kenya-airways.com/

Kenya Airways Ltd., more commonly known as Kenya Airways, is the flag carrier airline of Kenya.  The company was founded in 1977, after the dissolution of East African Airways. Their head office is located in Embakasi, Nairobi,  with its hub at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The airline was wholly owned by the Government of Kenya until April 1995 (1995-04), and it was privatised in 1996, becoming the first African flag carrier to successfully do so. Kenya Airways is currently a public-private partnership. The largest shareholder is the Government of Kenya (48.9%), 38.1% is owned by KQ Lenders Company 2017 Ltd. (in turn owned by a consortium of banks), followed by KLM, which has a 7.8% stake in the company. The rest of the shares are held by private owners; shares are traded on the Nairobi Stock Exchange, the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange, and the Uganda Securities Exchange.

At January 2013[update] Kenya Airways was considered one of the leading Sub-Saharan operators.  It was ranked fourth among the top ten African airlines by seat capacity, behind South African Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and EgyptAir. The airline became a full member of SkyTeam in June 2010 (2010-06), and is also a member of the African Airlines Association since 1977.

Kenya Airways serves 53 destinations in 41 countries, as of November 2017[update]. The FAA has given the airline tentative approval to fly to New York JFK starting October 2018. The flight will be operated with Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

KLM sponsored Kenya Airways' SkyTeam candidacy process in mid-2005.  In September 2007 (2007-09), Kenya Airways became one of the first official SkyTeam Associate Airlines and achieved full membership in June 2010 (2010-06). The alliance provides Kenya Airways' passengers with access to the member airlines' worldwide network and passenger facilities.


First National Bank

Website: https://www.fnb.co.za/

FNB is one of the three major divisions of the First Rand Group, and the others being Rand Merchant Bank and Wesbank. First National Bank maintains banking subsidiaries which it owns wholly or in part, in Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Ghana, India, Lesotho and Guernsey. FNB is also actively pursuing expansion plans in Angola and Nigeria[2] Media reports in May 2012, indicated that the bank is also making plans to expand into Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.

First Rand Group

The First Rand Group was established in 1998, by the merger of First National Bank of South Africa, Rand Merchant Bank and Momentum Insurance & Asset Management. First Rand is listed as a "locally controlled bank" by the South African Reserve Bank, the national banking regulator.[7] As of May 2012[update], the group had total assets valued at US$90.3+ billion (ZAR:698 billion) (2011)[8] with subsidiaries in seven sub-Saharan countries and in Australia and India. Expansion plans in another six African countries are underway.


Website: https://ecobank.com/

Today, Ecobank is the leading pan-African bank with operations in 36 countries across the continent. It has a larger African footprint than any other bank in the world. Ecobank currently operates in countries in West, Central, East and Southern Africa, namely Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Group also has a licenced operation in Paris and representative offices in Beijing, Dubai, Johannesburg, London and Luanda.

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