If I pass away, and I am the principal member, do my surviving dependants retain their membership with the fund?

A surviving dependant must have been registered as a dependant of a principal member at the time of death of the principal member in order to enjoy continued membership with the Fund. For the continuation as a principal member, a death certificate needs to be submitted together with a new application form completed by the surviving spouse. A new membership number will be issued in the event of the membership being continued.

Should there only be surviving child dependants then the oldest surviving dependant, who is still regarded as a child in terms of the Rules of the Fund, shall assume the role of principal member. If a surviving spouse or dependant chooses to be a member of another medical aid fund by virtue of employment, remarriage or otherwise, membership with the Fund will cease upon written confirmation of the intent to resign from the Fund within 1-month of such notice being served.

If a surviving dependant is no longer regarded as a child in terms of the Rules of the Fund, then that dependant shall cease to be a member or dependant of the Fund. Any remaining dependants who are still regarded as children in terms of the Rules of the Fund may assume the role of principal member. Any person, who no longer qualifies for membership as a dependant, is eligible for individual membership.