The Illness Hospital Benefit Explained

Pays for hospital expenses for illnesses and planned procedures


Hospital Cover for Illnesses

Cover private hospital costs when you are admitted for an illness or planned procedure. Daily amounts are available for up to 21 days in hospital.

Additional cover is available for stated conditions like kidney stones, hernia or appendectomy. Stated conditions are covered up to their stated limits regardless of how many days are spent in hospital.

The benefit is optional. You do not have to include it on your Hospital Plan if you don't want to.

3 Month Waiting Period
3 Benefit Level Choices
Optional Benefit

Choose Your Level of Cover

Flexible levels of cover mean you get to build your plan to suit your needs and budget.

Level 1

Admission Days

  • Up to R6,500 for 1st day
  • Up to R4,500 for 2nd day
  • Up to R4,500 for 3rd day
  • Up to R1,500 per day for the remaining 18 days.

Effectively, up to R42,500 is available per event.

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Level 2

Admission Days

  • Up to R10,00 for 1st day
  • Up to R6,500 for 2nd day
  • Up to R5,000 for 3rd day
  • Up to R1,500 per day for the remaining 18 days.

Effectively, up to R48,500 is available per event.

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Level 3

Includes all Level 2 benefits with additional cover for stated conditions

Stated Conditions

  • Hernia: R20,000
  • Appendectomy: R35,000
  • Gallbladder / Kidney Stones: R35,000
  • Miscarriage: R10,000
  • Hysterectomy: R45,000
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How Does It Work?

Find answers to the most common questions about this benefit. Browse our Help pages and Blog posts for more information.

What is covered?

The Illness Hospitalisation benefit covers you for hospital costs related to an illness.

There needs to be a diagnosis for procedures to be covered and they must be medically necessary. Elective surgery and admission for diagnostic purposes is not covered under this benefit.

How do Admission Days work?

There is up to R48,500 available to pay for hospital costs but it is broken up into specific amounts available per day that you spend in hospital (up to a maximum of 21 days).

Each admission day is calculated as 24 consecutive hours spent in hospital and each admission day follows on from the previous day.

For example, if you spend 72 hours in hospital then, with Level 2/3, you would have available:

  • R10,000 for first 24 hours
  • R6,500 for the second day
  • R5,000 for the 3rd day
  • adding up to R21,500 for the 3 days

What about Day Procedures?

Day Procedures are hospital procedures that can be done under one day, either in hospital or at a specialised Day Clinic. Examples include tonsillectomy and grommets.

Day procedures are covered under the benefit up to the limit of the 1st admission day on your chosen level.

How are the Stated Conditions covered?

With Level 3, you get specific cover for specific stated conditions:

  • Hernia: R20,000
  • Appendectomy: R35,000
  • Gallbladder / Kidney Stones: R35,000
  • Miscarriage: R10,000
  • Hysterectomy: R45,000

These amounts are available to pay for treatment regardless of how many days are spent in hospital. These amounts are not in addition to the admission days.

For example, if you are admitted for kidney stone treatment and only spend 24 hours in hospital, then the R35,000 is available for treatment and not just the R10,000 for the 1st day in hospital.

How is this different to the Accident Hospital Benefit?

The difference is simply whether you are admitted to hospital for an accident event or for some other illness related reason.

If it was an accident that resulted in hospital admission then the Accident Hospitalisation Benefit applies with the larger amounts available to pay for all medical costs related to the accident.

If it was not accident then the Illness Hospitalisation Benefit applies.

What is the waiting period?

There is a 3 month waiting period for any events that fall under admission day cover.

The stated conditions (on level 3) have their own waiting period:

  • 12 month waiting period for stated conditions
  • 24 months waiting period for hysterectomy

Is authorisation required?

Yes. In general, all hospital related claims need to be authorised first.

Authorisation is a simple procedure where the administrator and the hospital determine:

  • if the procedure you need is covered by your policy
  • if you have available amounts left over after previous claims

The authorisation procedure is described on the Claims page.

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