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NEWSLETTER SPRING 2019
Dear member

The year seems to be stuck in fast-forward mode, and here we are again - already focusing on what next year will hold for members.

Don't file away this newsletter for later reading, or you may miss out! Read about the feedback we have received from members and how that has informed changes for the new benefit year... save the date for the Roadshow event in your area... get some hay fever tips... even learn how many bones you have lost since birth, and more!

Yours in health
Julia

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We heard you!
Our Scheme is ultimately about meeting our members' needs, as far as possible. That's why we held focus groups with members some months ago, and (following from this research) why we will be implementing certain changes for the 2020 benefit year.
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ROADSHOW coming your way
This year's Roadshow again gives you access to Scheme representatives, as well as professional nurses and other on-the-spot assessments and treatments to help you to live better, and plan for any potential health risks before they become threats.
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Screenings tests? Covered!
Having screening tests done is one of the most important things you can do for your health. These medical tests check for diseases before there are any known symptoms and can help doctors find diseases early, when it may be easier to treat. They could save your life!
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TIPS for surviving hay fever season
Are you one of the many people around the world who welcomes spring with mixed feelings each year, ready with your tissues and hay fever tablets? Unfortunately there is no cure for hay fever - but you could consider a few do's and don'ts to make life a bit easier.
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New post-operative care puts patient first
Anyone who has been in hospital for an operation would know that it is not the most conducive environment to recuperate, being noisy and far from loved ones and the comforts of home. An enhancement to the Scheme's home treatment policy makes this option more attractive than ever.
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Save money and extend your benefits
There are various ways in which your decisions about healthcare procedures and providers may be costing you more than necessary. See how you could save money by adjusting some of your healthcare habits.
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Look out for income review communication
The Scheme will be doing an income review in November to make sure all members are in the correct income bands in terms of contributions. This will also ensure that the upfront PMSA (available from January) on Plans with a savings component can be calculated correctly.

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Why choose natural birth?
Emergency Caesarean sections have saved the lives of countless mothers and babies who would have died, had they not received this lifesaving intervention. However, is it a good option for you and your baby if there is no emergency?
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Do you have an eCard yet?
An electronic membership card (or eCard), available on your and your beneficiaries' smartphones, can save you hassle. It can also reduce the chance of someone fraudulently using your card and using up your benefits. Have you downloaded yours yet?
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Weird facts about the body
What does your tongue print look like? What is the hardest substance in the human body? Do humans or crayfish have the most chromosomes? How many genes do we share with chimpanzees? Get these - and many more - answers right here.
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