There is no two ways about it; rehab is expensive which is why when it comes to entering rehab so many people ask, will my medical aid pay?
What you need to understand about treatment of addiction in South Africa is that addiction is a legitimate disease and most medical aids will in fact pay for treatment or pay a portion of the treatment costs.
While the costs of going into rehab tend to be high medical aids in many respects enable a great many individuals to receive high quality treatment at an affordable rate.
There are certain conditions that come with medical aid cover of treatment.
First, you need to phone your medical aid and ask them if they will pay or co-pay when you enter rehab. You may also want to ask them if they have recommended rehabs that they can send you to, as they are much more likely to pay at those centres.
What do I need?
Your medical aid will need some documentation before they will agree to cover treatment. This includes a letter from a doctor and/or therapist recommending you for rehab and a psychiatric assessment to determine what kind of therapy you need and how much time in primary care, secondary care or tertiary care.
Does my medical aid plan cover addiction treatment?
It often depends on the plan you are on. Basic medical aid plan, you may need to go to a government rehab whereas if you have a very comprehensive medical aid, you may be able to go just about recognised treatment centre.