Be Healthy

Be Healthy

How rehab can help you

If you’re struggling with substance abuse and/or addiction, you don’t have to struggle alone. Rehabilitation (rehab) centres provide a safe and comfortable environment where multidisciplinary teams are there to help you. They offer holistic treatment programmes that are personalised to meet your needs. Programmes usually include medical and psychiatric evaluation and treatment, medically supervised detoxification (detox) and stabilisation,

Personally Yours Corner: Jarrod Higgs

  1. How long have you been at Bestmed?
    I started on 1 July 2020, so almost a full year at Bestmed!
  2. What encouraged you to join Bestmed?
    Initially, the drive was a new and exciting employment offer. However, what has kept me at Bestmed are the charitable initiatives for the local communities,

Men’s Health

Data from StatsSA shows that between 2002 and 2020, the life expectancy of males in South Africa increased from 59.9 years to 64.6 years, and for females from 67.2 to 71.3 years. Compared to women, men have shorter life expectancies and are typically less likely to visit a doctor.  Many take better care of their cars or favourite tech gadget than their bodies –

Tax Matters

It’s that time of the year again. Bestmed members will receive member tax certificates on Tuesday, 8 June 2021. These will be sent via email and post and will be accessible via the self-service platforms.

To make the process as seamless as possible, please encourage your Bestmed-member clients to update their contact details on the Bestmed App,

Vaccine Myths

A topic that is on high rotation at the moment, understandably, is our national vaccine rollout.

As we previously communicated, South Africa kicked off Phase II of the national COVID-19 vaccination programme earlier this month. In this phase, around 16.5 million South Africans will be prioritised for vaccination based mainly on their age.

Exercise: Good for your heart

Exercise is not just great to keep fit, slim down and tone muscles. It’s also good for your heart’s health. An average of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 15 minutes of high-intensity exercise per day, 5 days per week, should help you to save your heart from many health risks. Here’s why exercise is good for your heart…

Binge drinking: what it’s doing to your body

So, you went out and had a few too many [insert your go-to drink]. It happens… maybe a little more than it should – but hey, we ain’t here to judge. You do that well enough when you wake up feeling like you’ve had a run-in with a gang of angry bikers who made you drink radio-active bog water that was actually on fire.

What your cravings are really telling you

When a craving for something sweet, salty or fried comes up, the first thing that pops into our heads is generally “Get ye into mah belly!” Thinking about what our bodies are actually asking for isn’t even on the radar. We get it.

Toxic-positivity is a real thing!

Let’s face it, life is not always a walk in the proverbial park. Sometimes it’s hard, frightening and filled with a lot of bad news – need we mention climate change, a global pandemic and the extinction of the humble honeybee. One can understand the need for positivity. But too much of a good thing can end up being a bad thing.

Prescribed Minimum Benefits (PMBs) Information Session

Bestmed Medical Scheme recently hosted an information session where Executive: Corporate Services & Wellness, Elmarie Jooste, shared information on Prescribed Minimum Benefits (PMBs).

For more information, contact us by calling 086 000 2378 or emailing

2021 Outlook from the desk of the CEO

During a year when the whole world was bracing itself for the worst and our everyday lives were inundated with statistics about infections and mortality, our role in the health and wellbeing of our employees and members became apparent. We needed to adapt quickly to the changes

Nip tobacco addiction in the butt

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are 1.3 billion tobacco users globally, and the substance kills more than 8 million people each year. More than 7 million of these deaths are the result of direct tobacco use, while around 1.2 million are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.