Open medical aids are schemes that are open for membership by any person. It is not restricted to workers of certain sectors of industry within South Africa. Neither does it have specific requirements in terms of academic criteria, or membership to certain trade unions or professional associations. While open medical aids account for a smaller number of schemes when compared to restricted medical aids, it is usually financially stable and efficient private entities that provide a quality service. Any person looking for medical aid cover outside of their industry should consider speaking to individual schemes mentioned in the list of medical aids below.