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Antibiotics – Handle with Care!

Antibiotics are supposed to be our back-up plan to treat bacterial infections. Unfortunately, we used this back-up plan too quickly and too often in the past and bacteria have adapted and become antibiotic-resistant.

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Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's is a neurological disorder in which the death of brain cells causes memory loss and cognitive decline. As a deteriorating type of dementia, the disease starts mildly and gets progressively worse.

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Bipolar disorder

What do Winston Churchill, Isaac Newton and Vincent Van Gogh have in common besides their fame and genius? They were mental illness sufferers - today the sixth leading cause of disability in the world is bipolar disorder, which also affects 1% of South Africans. Mental illnesses like bipolar are hard to understand and even harder to live with...

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Can I obtain the services of a specialist on Value Care Plan?

Can I obtain the services of a specialist i.e. paediatrician, specialist physician, cardiologist, etc. on the Value Care Plan?

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Cancer: How you can reduce your risk

More than 100 000 South Africans are diagnosed with cancer every year. One in four South Africans is affected by cancer through diagnosis of family, friends or self.

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Cancer: How you can reduce your risk (Part II)

We dedicated this month and last month to some of the most common cancers in South Africa, making you aware of the preventive care benefits the Scheme offers. The risk for many types of cancers can be reduced by living a healthy lifestyle and going for the relevant screening tests.

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Chronic medicine – practical tips for your treatment

Chronic medicine and the consequences of not taking them as prescribed

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Chronic Conditions

A condition is regarded as chronic if it persists for a long time. A chronic disease is one that lasts three months or more and (in some cases) cannot be cured.

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Day Clinics

A more cost-effective alternative to hospitals for certain procedures. Value Care Plan members are already actively directed to the most cost-effective facilities on the Prime Cure network, including day clinics. Standard and Managed Care Plan members, so far, have not had the same guidance, which is why we would like to introduce the day clinic concept.

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Depression

Unfortunately, with today’s economic climate, you may find yourself struggling and feeling down. But keep in mind that feeling down doesn’t necessarily mean that you have depression.

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‘Prediabetes’ – A Ticking Time Bomb

“Diabetes is an all-too-personal time bomb which can go off today, tomorrow, next year, or 10 years from now…” – Mary Tyler Moore

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Devices and app – With a little help from my app

Most of us need a little push to be more active and to improve our lifestyle. It might be a motivating article you read or the frightening story of a friend who landed up in ICU. It might be the warning look on your doctor’s face or your friend’s nagging question about how your New Year’s resolutions are doing. Once you’ve had your trigger moment, it’s then about finding the best way to stay motivated.

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Diabetes risk - Results of our 'pre-diabetes' or diabetes risk survey

We emailed all members a link to an online risk calculator to determine if they are at risk of developing prediabetes or diabetes. If you have missed the opportunity to evaluate your risk, or if you have not provided the Scheme with your email address yet and would like to participate, visit Your Plan > Diabetes, where you will find the link to the one-minute questionnaire.

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Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the recent Ebola outbreak, in several West African countries, a public health emergency. The current outbreak is the largest to date.

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Eye care - Watch out for eye conditions!

Many of our members suffer from cataracts, which is the clouding of the lens in the eye. Cataracts can lead to a decrease in vision and can affect one or both eyes.

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Flu vaccines and other preventative care benefits

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends annual vaccinations against the flu, especially for certain groups of people, such as pregnant women, children under 5 years, the elderly...

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Flu - Update your 'flu anti-virus programme'

Flu sounds harmless. Maybe a couple of days in bed – worst case. You might develop a sudden fever, a runny nose, sore throat, cough (usually dry), headache, muscle and joint pain.

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Generic Medicines

Are generic medicines the same as the brand/originator drug?

Doctors and patients often question the comparative safety and effectiveness of generic replacement drugs versus their brand-name drugs.

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Hay fever

If you suffer from hayfever, the changing of the seasons can bring a whole new set of challenges that play havoc with your sinuses. Hayfever is your body's reaction to the presence of air-born particles such as pollen, dust and other allergens which cause irritation of your nasal linings and other membranes such as your eyes...

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Healthcare technology and digital medicine - your doctor in your pocket

Medicine has changed drastically over the 50 years of our Scheme’s existence and we are expecting a lot of movement in healthcare technology in the next couple of years.

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Healthcare technology - where does it take us?

The availability of new information and technology in medicine will enable us to make use of more self-managed preventive and personalised medicine.

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Heart attack- the big scare

Acting quickly when it comes to a life-threatening condition, like suffering a heart attack, can save someone’s life. Get to know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack so that you can get help straight away.

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Hip replacement – Procedure information

Reports indicate that total hip replacements are one of the most frequent procedures performed on Anglo Medical Scheme members. If your doctor recommended this operation, you will no doubt have many questions.

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Hypertension

Did you know that 1 in 5 adult South Africans has hypertension (also known as high blood pressure)? In fact, a new study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that South Africans have one of the highest hypertension rates worldwide among people older than 50. It's not a statistic to be proud of, especially when you consider that high blood pressure is a leading...

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Hyperlipidaemia, the silent killer

Silent killer diseases are diseases that produce minimum or no symptoms and are capable of causing death or severe complications if not treated. Cholesterol is a waxy substance that makes up one of your blood fats (lipids). While your body needs cholesterol to continue building healthy cells, having high cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease.

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Hypertension, a silent killer

Silent killer diseases are diseases that produce minimum or no symptoms and are capable of causing death or severe complications if not treated.

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Influenza

Influenza, more commonly known as flu, is a highly infectious illness caused by the influenza virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person. For most people, flu is an unpleasant illness but it is not serious. If you are otherwise healthy, you will usually recover from flu within a week...

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Our new website

We kept it looking similar to the old website so that everybody will still recognise it and feel ‘at home’.

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Organ Donation - the gift of life

There are approximately 4 300 South African adults and children awaiting a life-saving organ or cornea transplant. Statistics show that less than 0.2% of South Africans are organ donors.

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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis means "porous bone". A person with osteoporosis typically has low bone mass, poor bone quality, and fragile bones. This combination, together with the increased risk of falling among older people, leads to painful fractures and other health problems when you least want them. While the loss of bone mass is an expected part of ageing, it has consequences...

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Palliative Care

Palliative care will affect most of us at some stage of our lives whether as a patient, carer, family member, neighbour or friend.

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Robotic surgery - is it still science fiction?

Imagine robots operating on humans, controlled from a distance, for example in space, in a war zone or in a remote area where there aren’t any specialists available. One of the biggest challenges might still be the lack of secure and fast data transmission – but robotic surgery is not a 'science-fiction scenario' any longer.

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Standard Care Plan: Out of Hospital sublimits explained

December is HIV and AIDS awareness month and, while most of us know the basics about this disease, not all of us have heard of the other conditions that might occur alongside HIV.

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How long can my child stay on the Scheme

Your child dependant can stay on your membership up to the age of 24. If your child was 23 or younger on 1 January, he/ she is still eligible to stay on your membership at the dependant contribution rate for the current year

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Safety and emergency tips for your holiday

Before you plan your next holiday, please have a look at the safety and emergency tips, brought to you by our emergency evacuation partner Netcare 911.

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Skin - Be skin and sun smart!

You had a great time during the holidays with lots of time outdoors. You really did your best to protect yourself from the sun, applied sunscreen and avoided the harsh midday sun, but the summer is not over yet – so don’t forget to keep on looking after your skin.

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Spinal Surgery

Spinal surgery is an option for patients who suffer from back pain that haven't responded to conservative (non-surgical) treatment, especially if the pain and other symptoms make it difficult to do everyday activities...

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Stroke

According to www.mystroke.co.za, an average of 360 South Africans suffer a stroke per day. Twice as many people die from strokes than heart attacks, particularly in South Africa. A number of initiatives are currently under way which will improve the awareness and stroke care throughout the country.

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Struggling to sleep?

Are you having trouble getting to sleep, or staying asleep, at night? Let’s look at some medical reasons for this problem

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Vaccine: The flu shot

Anglo Medical Scheme recommends a yearly flu vaccine, especially for high-risk persons, in order to decrease the risk of severe flu. The people who are at high risk of serious complications from flu include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease, and people 65 years and older. Vaccination is also important for healthcare workers and other people who live with, or care for high-risk people.

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