Sirago Underwriting Managers

Plus Gap Cover

Affordable cover that’s right for you.

Key Benefits

OAL per beneficiary per annum:
R201 000

in-hospital gap benefits
In-Hospital Benefits

Gap Cover
Robotic Surgery
Co-payments and Co-payments Charged as a Percentage
Penalty Fee Co-payments
Day Hospital/Clinic and/or In Room Surgical Procedures Cover
Prescribed Minimum Benefit (PMB) Cover
Hospital Account Shortfalls
Sub-limit Enhancer

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cancer benefits
Cancer Benefits

Cancer Co-payment Benefit
Cancer Benefit - Boost
Cancer Benefit - Breast Reconstruction

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out-of-hospital gap benefits
Out-of-hospital Benefits

Day-to-day Specialist Consultation Fee
Emergency Room Cover
Preventative Care Cover
Appliance Benefit
Trauma Counselling

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value added benefits
Value Added Benefits

Gap Cover Premium Waiver
Medical Scheme Premium Waiver
Accidental Death
Initial Cancer Cover
Sira'Go Baby
Sirago MedCare - Free Medical Scheme Alternative Dispute Resolution Service (ADR)

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In-hospital Benefits

Gap Cover

This covers the difference (the shortfall or the gap) between what the medical scheme pays and the doctors and specialists charge in hospital. We settle claims at up to 500% above scheme rate to a maximum of 600% or at the stated benefit value. For Robotic surgery claims that are reflected on the hospital account, we will cover up to a sub-limit of R15 000 per policy. Subject to the OAL.

Co-payments and Co-payments Charged as a Percentage

Co-payment cover is for the co-payments (including co-payments expressed as a percentage), excesses, or deductibles as stipulated, or imposed by a medical scheme, for specified procedures, cover for hospital admission fees, or surgical procedures. The co-payment must be part of your medical scheme rules which will be highlighted on the authorisation for your procedure. Subject to the OAL.

Refer to the Cancer Co-payment benefit for claims related to cancer.

Penalty Fee Co-payments

When you choose to use a hospital that is not on your medical scheme’s network, you may have to pay a stated amount or percentage of the accounts as specified by your medical scheme rules.

This benefit has a sub-limit of R11 650 per claim, limited to 1 claim per policy, irrespective of whether a rand amount or percentage penalty fee is charged by the medical scheme. Note that this is for the voluntary use of a non-designated service provider or network hospital and includes the use of a partial cover network hospital. Co-payments for administration charges are specifically excluded from cover on this option. Subject to the OAL.

Day Hospital/Clinic and/or In Room Surgical Procedures
Cover

This benefit will cover the shortfall for any day hospital, clinic, or in-room procedures including acute hospitals if a policyholder elects to have the treatment that would normally be performed in hospital, done in a day hospital, clinic, or in a doctor’s room by a registered medical professional. Subject to the OAL.

Prescribed Minimum Benefit (PMB) Cover

Prescribed Minimum Benefits (PMB) give all scheme members access to certain minimum health benefits, regardless of your medical scheme option. Medical schemes are required to pay the full cost of diagnosis and treatment of a defined list of PMB medical conditions.

PMB Cover on this policy is only for the shortfalls resulting from the use of a non-designated service provider for a planned PMB procedure. This is not applicable in the event of an emergency. In the event of an emergency, PMB protocols should be adhered to. Subject to the OAL.

Hospital Account Shortfalls

We also cover take-home medication that the medical scheme has not paid from risk and the cost of upgrading to a private ward up to the benefit amount. We pay up to R4 500 per policy, and R950 per claim. A R1 000 sub-limit is applicable to private room upgrades. Subject to the OAL. This benefit will cover any charges, like consumables or take-home medication, on the hospital account that the medical scheme has not paid.

Sub-limit Enhancer

This benefit has a sub-limit of up to R30 000 per policy, max R12 000 per claim. Medical scheme benefits available on the medical scheme option for MRI & CT scans, internal prostheses, and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) procedure valves only. When you exceed your medical scheme benefit limit during the time of the event, resulting in a shortfall or “gap”, we will pay the shortfall up tothe claim limit. If you claim and your medical scheme limit has been reached at the time of the event, meaning it was used up before the claim event, and your medical scheme does not contribute anything towards this benefit, we will also not pay. Subject to the OAL.

Out-of-hospital Benefits

Day-to-day Specialist Consultation Fee

This benefit covers the shortfall on the consultation at a specialist outside of hospital (excluding Psychiatrist and Psychologist) up to R5 000 per policy, and R1 000 per claim. This benefit is only applicable to consultation codes 0190, 0191, and 0192. The medical scheme needs to make at least partial payment towards the consultation code mentioned above. Subject to the OAL.

Emergency Room Cover

There is a sub-limit of R10 000 for all Emergency Room Cover. This benefit covers an emergency at any registered emergency room, hospital, or casualty facility when you require immediate medical treatment due to an accident and trauma, or illness. We will cover a general practitioner (GP)’s consultation rooms if no other emergency facility is available within a 30 km radius. Ambulance costs are not covered by this benefit.

ACCIDENT / TRAUMA BENEFIT
All costs related to the accident/trauma event will be covered, whether you are liable to pay the costs out of your own pocket or if your medical scheme pays from your savings.

ILLNESS / BENEFIT
All costs related to the emergency illness event will be covered and paid up to R1 500 of the sub-limit, if you are liable to pay the costs out of your own pocket, or if paid from your medical scheme savings. This is applicable to any beneficiary 9 years and older who needs emergency treatment outside of normal consultation hours or treatment that can only be done in an emergency facility.

CHILD EMERGENCY ILLNESS BENEFIT
This benefit is applicable to children 8 years and younger who require emergency treatment for illness out of normal consultation hours or treatment that can only be done in an emergency room. All costs related to the event will be covered, whether you are liable to pay the costs from your own pocket or your medical scheme pays it from your savings account.

Out of normal consultation hours means 18h00 to 07h00 on Monday to Friday, and all of Saturday, Sunday, and South African public holidays.  Subject to the OAL.

Preventative Care Cover

If your medical scheme option makes provision for preventative care, we will pay up to R4 500 per policy, and up to R900 per claim.

The following procedures or treatments are covered: Pap smear, cholesterol test, blood glucose test, flu vaccination, childhood immunisation (Department of Health Formulary) – up to the age of 12 years, bone-density scans, prostate-specific antigen tests, mammogram, and contraceptive implantation only.

Alternatively, if there is no benefit available at the time of claim, up to R500 will be paid towards the following tests and treatments, 2 claims per policy:

  • Pap smear
  • Child Immunisations (Department of Health Formulary) – up to the age of 12 years

  • Mammogram

  • Bone density scans

Appliance Benefit

We will pay up to R5 500 per policy for the shortfall between the medical scheme benefit amount (if there is a defined rand limit) and the service provider account for the following appliances: hearing aids, wheelchairs, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, humidifiers, insulin pumps, glucometers, nebulisers, and Mirena devices.

Trauma Counselling

This benefit covers trauma counselling with a registered medical professional within the first 6 months after a traumatic event, such as but not limited to dread disease, hijacking, and/ or violent crime. We will pay up to R6 000 per policy.

Cancer Benefits

Cancer Co-payment Benefit

This benefit applies if your medical scheme cancer benefit has been reached and a percentage co-payment is imposed. This benefit incorporates co-payments for ongoing cancer-related treatments and biological drugs. Ongoing treatment must be in line with the registered treatment plan of your medical scheme to access this benefit. Subject to the OAL.

Cancer Benefit – Boost

The Cancer Boost Benefit is applicable to policyholders whose medical scheme option has a defined rand limit for cancer treatment and the rand limit on the medical scheme has been reached. We will cover the costs of ongoing treatment in line with the medical scheme’s registered treatment plan once the rand limit has been reached. Subject to the OAL.

Cancer Benefit – Breast Reconstruction

After a mastectomy, we will cover up to 500% above the medical scheme rate for the reconstructive surgery of the affected breast, if it is approved by your medical scheme. Up to R25 000 will be paid for the reconstruction of the unaffected breast per beneficiary if there is no payment by the scheme.

This benefit is only available within the first 18 months of the initial mastectomy. There is no benefit for any costs related to PMB services, treatments, or medical interventions, unless otherwise stated.

This benefit is available if the member was on Sirago at the time of the mastectomy or been on Sirago for a year after transferring from another Gap Provider. Subject to the OAL.

Value Added Benefits

Gap Cover Premium Waiver

In the event of death or total permanent disability of the Sirago policyholder, we will keep the premiums for your policy as a credit for 6 months. This benefit may be claimed by the surviving spouse or adult dependent on the Sirago policy.

Medical Scheme Premium Waiver

Sirago will pay the rand amount of the medical scheme premium, not higher than R4 000 per month for a 6-month period. This will be paid to the beneficiary for the upkeep of the medical scheme contributions in event of death or total permanent disability of the Sirago policyholder and where all beneficiaries are linked to a single medical scheme.

This benefit is only payable for the medical scheme that the policyholder was on if there is dual medical scheme membership.

Accidental Death

This benefit will pay out for accidental death: at R8 500 for the Sirago policyholder, R5 500 for the adult dependant, and R3 000 for child dependants.

Initial Cancer Diagnosis (First Diagnosis)

This benefit will pay out a lump sum of R18 000 per beneficiary in the event where you are diagnosed with malignant cancer from stage 1 for the first time ever. Any cancer prior to inception of the policy or pre-existing cancer is excluded. Skin cancer is specifically excluded from cover on this policy, except malignant melanomas.

Sira’Go Baby

Sirago will pay out a lump sum of R2 000 to you, per newborn baby, when the baby is registered on your gap policy within 90 days of birth.

To register your newborn(s), Simply fill out the additional dependant form and submit it to changes@sirago.co.za together with your baby’s birth certificate.

Sirago Medcare – Free Medical Scheme Alternative Dispute Resolution Service (ADR) 

This benefit gives you access to MedCare’s free ADR service for all disputed PMB claims exceeding R9 000. You can also access the MedCare service for all claims less than R9 000, including all potential medical scheme disputes, at a 60%, 20%, and/or 15% discounted rate depending on the required service.

Your broker can also access this service on your behalf and will subsequently have access to the MedCare website: siragomedcare.co.za

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