There are differnt types of medical plans including a full medical aid or a hospital plan.
With a full medical aid there are different types of cover you will get, depending on the package you have and how much you pay each month.
Before a doctor prescribes treatment, the medical aid will be contaced by the practice to see if it will pay for all the treatements and doctors visits. There are employees at the doctors practice that deal with the medical aids, so they can also help the patient understand what needs to happen.
The medical aids can sometimes make it difficult to get certain drugs or pay for certain procedures, and if the this is the case the patient must contact the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) at www.medicalschemes.com.