The University has an in-house medical aid scheme called RUMED, just for Rhodes staff, family and pensioners. This means that this is our medical aid scheme, managed by our staff together with the University management and currently chaired by Mrs Glyn Armstrong. RUMED is a full medical aid facility providing cover for day to day medical situations as well as hospitalisation. RUMED offers competitive benefits being offered at extremely favourable rates for its offerings. RUMED is a co-payment scheme as this encourages responsible use of the medical aid and allows for effective containment of costs. Benefits for RUMED are reviewed on an annual basis and staff are asked to give input into this process.
All staff are required to belong to a medical aid scheme as per the conditions of service. Staff do have a choice of membership of a medical aid. However, where staff choose to not belong to RUMED, proof of membership of another medical aid is required. Membership of RUMED, the University’s medical aid, is subsidised on a 50/50 basis for all permanent staff, irrespective of the number of dependants subject to scheme rules. Staff who joined Rhodes University before 1 July 1990 will continue to enjoy the subsidy after retirement. Rhodes does not contribute towards subscriptions of other medical aid schemes.
Netcare 911 emergency assistance and cover is available to valid RUMED members locally and internationally (up to 90 days) at no additional cost. Please see the document below, entitled "RUMED Travel Extension FAQs" for important additional information, particularly where this relates to travel outside the country.
The HR Administration section are able to assist with general queries, but for claims, you will need to contact the RUMED office in Port Elizabeth on (041) 395 4476.
The Chair of RUMED, Mrs Glyn Armstrong can be contacted on x8325.
Travelling outside Grahamstown
When travelling outside of the Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth area, it may be helpful to carry a copy of the letter from RU Med below to give to medical service providers. Since RU Med is an in-house medical aid, the medical aid may not be immediately recognised by the service provider.
If you have any queries, please contact the HR Generalist for your Faculty.