4 August 2023
“Young people have lower rates of using healthcare systems in South Africa, not because they need it less, but due to barriers like affordability, healthcare worker attitudes, poor health information and more.”
“We saw from our 2022 Sanlam Individual Life claim statistics that most sickness claims (40%) came from clients aged 26 to 35. This shows that the need for quality care and cover for this age bracket exists. But many young people are not taking out adequate cover.”
Dr Fakie says that forming positive health habits early on can make a major difference in warding off lifestyle diseases. Here are her recommendations for young people to prioritise their wellbeing.
Sanlam has recently re-entered the health space through its
acquisition of Afrocentric. Dr Fakie says, “Our focus is on making healthcare fair and accessible, enabling Africans to live confidently. A big part of this comes from prioritising one’s wellbeing.”
Dr Fakie concludes, “Gen Z especially seems far more aware of the importance of mental health, for example, than previous generations, which is extremely positive to see. We need to support our young people by helping them find and access the care and cover they need. We also need to spread more awareness around the importance of healthy lifestyle habits. We face an epidemic if we don’t address the NCD outbreak head on. That starts in one’s childhood and teenage years. It is critical that children cultivate a positive relationship with good food and exercise, so these habits continue into adulthood.”