Given the current economic trajectory in SA’s post-COVID-19 economy, many consumers and employers are facing far greater financial constraints than ever before.  Already, the trend of people who either radically downgrade their medical scheme benefits or cancel them entirely due to affordability constraints is growing. At the same time, a huge percentage of the working […]

Health Insurance Provides Affordable Access to Quality, Private Healthcare

Only a small proportion of SA’s population of almost 58 million can afford private medical aid – just 8.3 million lives are members of medical schemes. For those who are fortunate to hold medical scheme membership, annual premium increases are rising at a faster pace than CPI inflation rates, making it increasingly challenging for medical […]


Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a significant impact on the world and now on South Africa. On Sunday evening, President Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster, “a measure proportionate to the severity of the threat to our people, to our society and to our economy.” As a business that connects with millions of South Africans, […]

Wesmart and the National COVID-19 Lockdown

As a responsible employer, we are taking the threat and associated risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic seriously. Firstly, we will remain attentive and ensure that business carries on as usual (where appropriate), maintaining service standards and levels for all our valued broker partners and all our clients during this unprecedented time in the history […]

Digital devices and your eyes

In today’s technology-driven world, digital devices are almost impossible to avoid. From smart phones to computers and tablets, they’re an essential part of modern living. Unfortunately, many digital device users complain about eye fatigue and discomfort, especially after long periods of use. However, studies suggest that the digital screen itself isn’t the cause of these […]

Healthy habits for you and your family

1. Eat slowly Studies have proven that faster eaters are more likely to be overweight than their slow eating counterparts. This could be because the brain sends signals to the body that it’s full and that process could take up to 20 minutes. By this time, a fast eater may already be done with their […]

Calling all graduates: Consider your health insurance options

You’re a healthy and happy 20-something-year-old and you’ve recently graduated. Your career has just started taking off and getting health insurance might or might not be on your to-do list. It’s easy to think that you’re far too young to need health insurance at this point. However, many illnesses can often be due to stress […]

New baby? See your health insurance options

A baby is a precious gift — one that you should plan for as much as you can. There are many factors at play when choosing health insurance when one has young children. Both parents need to evaluate their coverage options, especially if they’re getting their coverage through their place of work. Some health insurance […]

Health insurance: It’s not as expensive as you think

The most common assumption about health insurance is that it’s too expensive. Although healthcare is quite pricey, at Wesmart, we offer affordable medical cover. Health insurance is generally more affordable than medical aid. That’s because medical insurance manages the costs by using set service providers and formularies for treatment. A formulary is a list of […]