Much has been said in the media and throughout the country regarding the most recent NHI Bill. We asked Agility Health’s CEO, Patrick Masobe, some pressing questions about how he sees the implementation of NHI impacting on the medical schemes industry, the broker and the man on the street.
Enough ‘smoke and mirrors’, consumers look for value and simplicity
The average economically active South African is a member of eight to ten rewards programmes or loyalty products. As South Africans, it is in our nature to innovate and compete, and this is reflected in the products available in our local rewards market. As more and more of these programmes are competing for our attention, the result has been greater consumer sophistication with the public becoming far more savvy when it comes to rewards structures, as well as the perceived value of the rewards on offer.
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Medical Schemes are always stating that their benefits are rich and their cover affordable without substantiating the claim. HEALTH SQUARED has gone one step further to compare 2 of its flagship options to 5 similar options in the market with outstanding results.
Gone are the days of unrealistic benefit levels to attain and complicated points systems – the new age in rewards programmes gives your client direct access to rewards from day one and more rewards that offer true financial support. AgilityRewardsrecently expanded on it’s already impressive education benefits and rewards to bring members even more opportunities to get cash back.
Relevant benefits a crucial factor in attracting and retaining talent
“In recent decades, the value of the labour, skills and expertise of South African women has come to be rightfully recognised and respected,” says director of Agility Distribution, Bianca Viljoen. “To achieve true gender parity in the workplace, over and above such obvious principles as equal pay for work of equal value and policies that support career progression, it is important that women’s health, including their reproductive health, is adequately supported.”
Imagine a reality where you are in control of the future of your business, one where you can identify risks related to your employees timeously and can deal with those risks effectively. Imagine your employees being at their most productive, resulting in happy clients and higher profit margins for you. Imagine doing all this, and more effortlessly, for less than you’d imagine and you have the Agility Hospitality offering.
Take care of the people who make ZA hospitality and tourism work
“The Fourth Industrial Revolution brings with it astonishing technology advancements, from artificial intelligence solutions to process automation, all of which poses great opportunity to the hospitality industry, particularly when it comes to streamlining processes that previously required manual or human intervention,” notes Robyn Christie, consultant to the travel and hospitality industry and advisor to AgilityHospitality.
Volatility in the tourism industry is a difficult conversation to have with stakeholders particularly when we know that tourism is far from being immune to economic, political and social shifts. As a country we are engulfed with these factors and the negative impact they have on businesses who are just trying to offer an exceptional product to our visitors.
With an estimated 41% of business and 60% of leisure travel arrangements made online, it’s safe to say that the 4thIndustrial Revolution - and the astonishing technological advancements that come with it – will continue to drastically change the hospitality industry game.
Locally, however, the scenario is a bit more complex and, while Industry 4.0 has gradually gained
traction in South Africa, it is our people and their well-known hospitability that equally contributes to the country’s reputation as one of the top tourist destinations in the world.
Agility and HEALTH SQUARED are supporting our future rugby star and our country’s youth in general as proud partners in the 2019 Premier Interschools competition which sees the top SA rugby schools show their metal in a series of epic clashes.
While many rewards programmes cater primarily to the higher income groups when it comes to their benefits, Zurreal has considered the needs and expectations of a far broader demographic and developed rewards that are relevant and sought after by the entire income spectrum.
One such exciting new benefit is the School Fee Benefit that pays Zurreal Platinum members cash back rewards when they pay their child/ren’s annual school fees, whether government or private.
Rural development is increasingly being accepted as a key channel for promoting economic development in South Africa. Profitable farming at any level of commercialisation is an essential requirement for sustainable economic development and is vital for promoting food security.
Migration from rural areas must urgently be reversed in order to attract youngsters to rural areas. Improved infrastructure, technology and better jobs could play an extremely important role here.
HEALTH SQUARED Medical Scheme pledges its support to our YOUTH, EDUCATIONand rewarding HEALTHY BEHAVIOURfrom a young age.
Valid for a maximum period of 3 years*, the new school rebate programme puts cash back in your client’s pocket when they pay school fees for any registered school, private or state. All that is required is that they send Zurreal proof of payment for the fees paid and Zurreal Platinum will refund them a percentage of the total rebate every year.
The new, refined and enhanced Agility StaffCare Flexicare solutions are now available and promise to provide your employer clients with affordable peace of mind cover for their semi-skilled and unskilled employees at a network of private healthcare providers.
Matching your client’s priorities with the right benefit option
The evolution of the medical scheme industry within South Africa has resulted in a dizzying array of choice for individual healthcare consumers as well as for corporates looking to provide for their employees’ health needs.
“The three different types of benefit options, traditional, new generation and hybrid, have opened a kaleidoscopic range of choice, however, one needs to fully understand the client’s needs and priorities, and have a grasp of the type of cover each kind of benefit option provides in order to assist them in making an informed decision regarding healthcare cover,” says Bianca Viljoen, spokesperson for HEALTH SQUARED Medical Scheme.
Explaining medical scheme terms and benefits to a layman can be very tricky. As a result, many people sign up to a medical scheme without knowing the full details of their cover. Click Read More to find out how to make it that much easier for your clients to understand what they get.
Unmanaged health and wellness needs of employees can wreak havoc on your hospitality industry clients’ profitability and long-term sustainability. Click Read More to find out why Agility Corporate is the perfect partner to help them manage their risks and maintain a healthy and happy workforce.
Medical scheme reward programmes can often be a minefield to navigate. Zurreal’s easy-to-use rewards programme makes getting rewarded as simple as following three quick steps. Best of all, unlike our competitors, Zurreal isn’t just for affluent members. Click Read More to find out all about Zurreal.