Medical scheme coverage (%)

DefinitionProportion of population covered by medical schemes.

From the 2002 GHS, StatsSA exclude missing values and unknown values from the totals used as denominators for the calculation of percentages (revised data released in 2010 with GHS 2009).
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Indicator Type: -> Health Services -> Health Financing

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Medical scheme coverage (%) [Definition]
1995 OHS-----[1] 18.1
1996 OHS10.021.729.568.8-[2] 18.1
1996 med schemes-----[3] 17.2
1998 NHA-----[4] 18.6
1998 OHS6.319.724.063.3-[5] 14.1
1998 med schemes-----[6] 16.6
1999 OHS8.421.328.967.8-[7] 16.4
1999 med schemes-----[8] 16.2
2000 med schemes-----[9] 16.2
2001 med schemes-----[10] 15.7
2002 GHS-----[11] 15.6
2002 med schemes-----[12] 15.3
2003 GHS-----[13] 15.0
2003 med schemes-----[14] 15.0
2004 GHS7.218.436.069.7-[15] 15.1
2004 med schemes-----[16] 14.8
2005 GHS7.118.132.464.2-[17] 14.0
2005 med schemes-----[18] 14.5
2006 GHS7.216.129.263.1-[19] 13.8
2006 med schemes-----[20] 14.9
2007 GHS7.318.931.266.1-[21] 14.4
2007 med schemes-----[22] 15.8
2008 GHS8.421.639.368.5-[23] 16.0
2008 med schemes-----[24] 15.8
2009 GHS9.021.442.774.4-[25] 16.9
2009 med schemes-----[26] 16.4
2010 GHS10.321.846.870.9-[27] 17.6
2010 med schemes-----[28] 16.6
2011 GHS8.920.341.169.7-[29] 16.1
2011 med schemes-----[30] 16.5
2012 GHS-----[31] 17.9
2012 med schemes-----[32] 16.6
A: African/Black  C: Coloured  I: Indian/Asian  W: White  O: Other/Unspecified  ALL: All groups  

Notes and References

  1. Fiscal Review 2001: Intergovernmental Fiscal Review 2001. Pretoria: National Treasury; 2001. http://www.treasury.gov.za/
    Local copy: /indicators/Finance/FiscalReview_2001.pdf
    Quoting October Household Survey 1995.
  2. Stats SA OHS 1995-9: Hirschowitz R, Sekwati W, Budlender D. South Africa in transition: Selected findings from the October household survey of 1999 and changes that have occurred between 1995 and 1999. Pretoria: Statistics South Africa; 2001. http://www.info.gov.za/otherdocs/2001/survey.pdf Available from www.statssa.gov.za
    Local copy: -
    Quoting October Household Survey 1996.
  3. Medical Schemes 2002-3: Annual report of the Registrar of Medical Schemes 2002-3. Pretoria: Council for Medical Schemes; 2003. http://www.medicalschemes.com/
    Local copy: /indicators/MedicalSchemes/medicalschemes_2002_3.pdf
    Calculated from medical schemes beneficiaries reported by CMS and Stats SA mid-year population estimates.
  4. National Health Accounts Public 2000: Thomas S, Muirhead D. National Health Accounts Project: The Public Sector Report. Pretoria: National Department of Health; November 2000.
    Local copy: -
    Calculated from Total population and population without medical scheme members published in National Health Accounts.
  5. Stats SA OHS 1995-9: Hirschowitz R, Sekwati W, Budlender D. South Africa in transition: Selected findings from the October household survey of 1999 and changes that have occurred between 1995 and 1999. Pretoria: Statistics South Africa; 2001. http://www.info.gov.za/otherdocs/2001/survey.pdf Available from www.statssa.gov.za
    Local copy: -
    Quoting October Household Survey 1998.
  6. Medical Schemes 1999: Report of the Registrar of Medical Schemes 1999. Pretoria: Council for Medical Schemes; 2000. http://www.medicalschemes.com
    Local copy: /indicators/MedicalSchemes/medicalschemes_1999.pdf
    Calculated from total number of beneficiaries (registered and exempt schemes) divided by total population. Beneficiaries: 6991511 Population: 42130500
  7. Fiscal Review 2001: Intergovernmental Fiscal Review 2001. Pretoria: National Treasury; 2001. http://www.treasury.gov.za/
    Local copy: /indicators/Finance/FiscalReview_2001.pdf
    There is uncertainty as to whether the sharp declines in medical scheme coverage recorded in the October Household Survey are accurate or reflect sample errors. This is important to clarify, given its potentially large influence on the equitable share formula and evaluation of equity issues (Intergovernmental Fiscal Review 2001, pg 42). Note that Hirschowitz R, Sekwati W, Budlender D. South Africa in transition, quote 16.3% medical aid coverage. Quoting October Household Survey 1999.
  8. Medical Schemes 1999: Report of the Registrar of Medical Schemes 1999. Pretoria: Council for Medical Schemes; 2000. http://www.medicalschemes.com
    Local copy: /indicators/MedicalSchemes/medicalschemes_1999.pdf
    Calculated from total number of beneficiaries (registered and exempt schemes) divided by total population. Beneficiaries: 6989139 Population: 43054306
  9. Medical Schemes 2002-3: Annual report of the Registrar of Medical Schemes 2002-3. Pretoria: Council for Medical Schemes; 2003. http://www.medicalschemes.com/
    Local copy: /indicators/MedicalSchemes/medicalschemes_2002_3.pdf
    Calculated from total number of beneficiaries (registered and exempt schemes) divided by total population. Beneficiaries: 7 004 636 Population: 43 291 441
  10. Medical Schemes 2002-3: Annual report of the Registrar of Medical Schemes 2002-3. Pretoria: Council for Medical Schemes; 2003. http://www.medicalschemes.com/
    Local copy: /indicators/MedicalSchemes/medicalschemes_2002_3.pdf
    Calculated from total number of beneficiaries (registered and bargaining council schemes) divided by total population. Beneficiaries: 7 025 262 Population: 44 819 778 (Census 2001)
  11. Stats SA GHS 2009: General household survey 2009. Statistical Release P0318. Pretoria: Statistics South Africa; 2010. http://www.statssa.gov.za/
    Local copy: /indicators/StatsSA/GHS_P0318_2009.pdf
    Data revised and reweighted according to Dec 2006 provincial boundaries and updated population estimates.
  12. Medical Schemes 2002-3: Annual report of the Registrar of Medical Schemes 2002-3. Pretoria: Council for Medical Schemes; 2003. http://www.medicalschemes.com/
    Local copy: /indicators/MedicalSchemes/medicalschemes_2002_3.pdf
    Calculated from total number of beneficiaries divided by total population. Beneficiaries: 6 963 189 Population: 45 533 297 (mid-year est for 2002 published 2010)
  13. Stats SA GHS 2009: General household survey 2009. Statistical Release P0318. Pretoria: Statistics South Africa; 2010. http://www.statssa.gov.za/
    Local copy: /indicators/StatsSA/GHS_P0318_2009.pdf
    Data revised and reweighted according to Dec 2006 provincial boundaries and updated population estimates.
  14. Medical Schemes 2003-4: Annual report of the Registrar of Medical Schemes 2003-4. Pretoria: Council for Medical Schemes; 2004. http://www.medicalschemes.com/
    Local copy: /indicators/MedicalSchemes/medicalschemes_2003_04.pdf
    Calculated from total number of beneficiaries divided by total population. Beneficiaries: 6 924 686 Population: 46 116 476 (mid-year est for 2003 published in 2010)
  15. Stats SA GHS 2009: General household survey 2009. Statistical Release P0318. Pretoria: Statistics South Africa; 2010. http://www.statssa.gov.za/
    Local copy: /indicators/StatsSA/GHS_P0318_2009.pdf
    Based on GHS 2004. Data revised and reweighted according to Dec 2006 provincial boundaries and updated population estimates.
  16. Medical Schemes 2004-5: Council for Medical Schemes Annual Report 2004-5. Pretoria: Council for Medical Schemes; 2004. http://www.medicalschemes.com/
    Local copy: /indicators/MedicalSchemes/medicalschemes_2004_05.pdf
    The data on the provincial breakdown of beneficiaries were collected primarily on the basis of the location of principal members.
  17. Stats SA GHS 2009: General household survey 2009. Statistical Release P0318. Pretoria: Statistics South Africa; 2010. http://www.statssa.gov.za/
    Local copy: /indicators/StatsSA/GHS_P0318_2009.pdf
    Based on GHS 2005. Data revised and reweighted according to Dec 2006 provincial boundaries and updated population estimates.
  18. Medical Schemes 2005-6: Council for Medical Schemes Annual Report 2005-6. Pretoria: Council for Medical Schemes; 2006. http://www.medicalschemes.com/
    Local copy: /indicators/MedicalSchemes/medicalschemes_2005_06.pdf
    Calculated from total number of beneficiaries divided by total population. Beneficiaries: 6 835 621 Population: 47 198 477 (mid-year est for 2005 published in 2010)
  19. Stats SA GHS 2009: General household survey 2009. Statistical Release P0318. Pretoria: Statistics South Africa; 2010. http://www.statssa.gov.za/
    Local copy: /indicators/StatsSA/GHS_P0318_2009.pdf
    Based on GHS 2006. Data revised and reweighted according to Dec 2006 provincial boundaries and updated population estimates.
  20. Medical Schemes 2006-7: Council for Medical Schemes Annual Report 2006-7. Pretoria: Council for Medical Schemes; 2007. http://www.medicalschemes.com/
    Local copy: /indicators/MedicalSchemes/medicalschemes_2006-7.pdf
    Calculated from total number of beneficiaries divided by total population. Beneficiaries: 7 127 343 Population: 47 730 952 (mid-year est for 2006 published in 2010)
  21. Stats SA GHS 2009: General household survey 2009. Statistical Release P0318. Pretoria: Statistics South Africa; 2010. http://www.statssa.gov.za/
    Local copy: /indicators/StatsSA/GHS_P0318_2009.pdf
    Based on GHS 2007. Data revised and reweighted according to Dec 2006 provincial boundaries and updated population estimates.
  22. Medical Schemes 2008-9: Council for Medical Schemes Annual Report 2008-2008. Pretoria: Council for Medical Schemes; 2009. http://www.medicalschemes.com/
    Local copy: /indicators/MedicalSchemes/medicalschemes_2008_9.pdf
  23. Stats SA GHS 2009: General household survey 2009. Statistical Release P0318. Pretoria: Statistics South Africa; 2010. http://www.statssa.gov.za/
    Local copy: /indicators/StatsSA/GHS_P0318_2009.pdf
    Based on GHS 2008. Data revised and reweighted according to Dec 2006 provincial boundaries and updated population estimates.
  24. Medical Schemes 2008-9: Council for Medical Schemes Annual Report 2008-2008. Pretoria: Council for Medical Schemes; 2009. http://www.medicalschemes.com/
    Local copy: /indicators/MedicalSchemes/medicalschemes_2008_9.pdf
  25. Stats SA GHS 2009: General household survey 2009. Statistical Release P0318. Pretoria: Statistics South Africa; 2010. http://www.statssa.gov.za/
    Local copy: /indicators/StatsSA/GHS_P0318_2009.pdf
    Data revised and reweighted according to Dec 2006 provincial boundaries and updated population estimates.
  26. Medical Schemes 2009-10: Council for Medical Schemes Annual Report 2009-2010. Pretoria: Council for Medical Schemes; 2010. http://www.medicalschemes.com/
    Local copy: /indicators/MedicalSchemes/medicalschemes_2009_10.pdf
  27. Stats SA GHS 2010: General household survey 2010. Statistical Release P0318. Pretoria: Statistics South Africa; 2011. http://www.statssa.gov.za/
    Local copy: /indicators/StatsSA/GHS_P0318June2010_revised.pdf
  28. Medical Schemes 2010-11: Council for Medical Schemes Annual Report 2010-2011. Pretoria: Council for Medical Schemes; 2011. http://www.medicalschemes.com/
    Local copy: -
    Calculated from Medical Schemes beneficiaries per population from Stats SA mid-year estimates for 2010.
  29. Stats SA GHS 2011: General household survey 2011. Statistical Release P0318. Pretoria: Statistics South Africa; 2012. http://www.statssa.gov.za/
    Local copy: -
  30. Medical Schemes 2011-12: Council for Medical Schemes Annual Report 2011~2012. Pretoria: Council for Medical Schemes; 2012. http://www.medicalschemes.com/
    Local copy: -
    Calculated from Medical Schemes beneficiaries per population from Stats SA mid-year estimates for 2011 (updated in 2013).
  31. Stats SA GHS 2012: General Household Survey 2012. Statistical release P0318. Pretoria: Statistics South Africa; 2013. http://www.statssa.gov.za/
    Local copy: -
  32. Medical Schemes 2012-13: Council for Medical Schemes Annual Report 2012-2013. Pretoria: Council for Medical Schemes; 2013. http://www.medicalschemes.com
    Local copy: -
    Calculated from Medical Schemes beneficiaries per population from Stats SA mid-year estimates for 2012 (updated in 2013).