Discovery Vitality announces the inaugural Discovery Vitality Run Series

Press Releases   •   Jun 20, 2017 09:09 GMT

Discovery Vitality is proud to announce the launch of a brand new venture in partnership with four of Johannesburg’s most established running clubs – the Discovery Vitality Run Series. Designed to help people improve their health through physical activity, the Discovery Vitality Run Series connects four iconic running events in the city of Johannesburg.


​Over 42 000 sanitary packs donated to keep 6 000 girls in school

Press Releases   •   Oct 18, 2017 07:50 GMT

During Women’s Month, Discovery Vitality partnered with Dis-Chem to empower school girls through a special Vitality MoveToGive campaign. The two-week campaign received overwhelming success with over 42 000 sanitary packs donated to the Caring4Girls programme, which will help improve the health and gender equality of schoolgirls living in disadvantaged areas.


South Africa’s healthiest city revealed

Press Releases   •   Oct 11, 2017 09:29 GMT

Cape Town has the highest number of people who are a healthy weight, plus they purchase the most vegetables and fruit, when compared with South Africa’s other major cities.


Discovery Health partners with HealthTap to provide significant new services to Discovery Health clients in South Africa

Press Releases   •   Sep 20, 2017 12:04 GMT

Dr Jonathan Broomberg, CEO of Discovery Health, announced the launch of DrConnect, the product of a partnership between Discovery Health and HealthTap, based in Palo Alto, California. DrConnect provides a world-leading platform connecting patients, doctors and medical scheme case managers using state-of-the-art technology and artificial intelligence.


Discovery delivers robust performance as it continues to build scale globally

Press Releases   •   Sep 18, 2017 08:54 GMT

Reporting annual financial results for the period ended 30 June 2017.


Why a focus on health is vital this Women’s Month – what to know and do in your 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond

Press Releases   •   Aug 07, 2017 07:18 GMT

​In a bid to promote health education this Women’s Month, clinicians at Discovery Vitality have prepared guidelines to help women maintain good health at different life stages.

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Avis partners with Discovery Insure to launch SafeDrive.

Press Releases   •   Jul 31, 2017 07:50 GMT

Available to all Avis Rent a Car customers at 10 locations nationally from 31 July 2017, the Avis SafeDrive app is uniquely integrated with Discovery Insure’s breakthrough telematics technology and its behavioural app-based programme, proven to help make South African roads safer.

The app is available on Android and IOS, so customers will be able to access trip data, see their driving scores, learn what they can do to improve them and redeem discretionary daily rewards.

“We’re excited to partner with Discovery Insure to launch Avis SafeDrive to encourage our customers to have a safer driving experience,” said Rainer Gottschick, Chief Executive at Avis Rent a Car Southern Africa.

“Avis data shows that rental cars are involved in a higher rate of accidents due to the frequency of their use and because clients use them with less caution than they would their own vehicles. With Avis SafeDrive, clients receive immediate feedback on their driving through the app, and are guided to accumulate points for good driving to unlock daily rewards such as a free coffee, smoothies or meals.”

Priced at R45 a day, the new product offers car rental customers a range of additional safety features which include:

  • ImpactAlert: In the event of a harsh G-force affecting the vehicle, an automatic alert is sent to Discovery Insure emergency services, which triggers immediate assistance. This ensures that when a client is injured or unable to call for help, it will already be on its way.
  • Panic Button: A discreet tool for any emergency - press your smartphone’s power button five times in quick succession to dispatch immediate assistance to your location.
  • Access to the Avis 24-hour Breakdown and Emergency Call Centre.
  • Severe Weather alerts via SMS, warning you to stay off the roads.

“More than 90% of accidents are the result of poor driver behaviour,” explained COO of Discovery Insure Francois Theron. “This includes speeding, using a mobile phone while driving and driving late at night.

“When paired with a smartphone, our telematics technology measures and reports back in real-time on acceleration, braking, cornering, speed, driving time, distance, trip location and mobile-phone use while driving. Discovery Insure’s accident frequency has dropped by 11% over 5 years as a result of rating and incentivising clients to improve their driving behaviour.” Theron concluded.

“With people being more important than cars, we would like to encourage our customers to use a system that has been tested and proven. We are committed to implementing technological advancements that encourage a safe driving experience for all our customers,” concluded Gottschick.

For more information about how Avis SafeDrive works and how to activate the app visit;

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Discovery Limited is a South African-founded financial services organisation that operates in the healthcare, life assurance, short-term insurance, savings and investment products and wellness markets. Founded in 1992, Discovery was guided by a clear core purpose – to make people healthier and to enhance and protect their lives. Underpinning this core purpose is the belief that through innovation, Discovery can be a powerful market disruptor.

The company, with headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, has expanded its operations globally and currently serves over 5 million clients across South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, China, Singapore and Australia. Discovery recently partnered with Generali, a leading insurer in Europe, and has partnered with John Hancock in the US. These new partnerships will bring Discovery’s shared-value business model to protection industries in Europe and the US.

Vitality, Discovery’s wellness programme, is the world’s largest scientific, incentive-based wellness solution for individuals and corporates. The global Vitality membership base now exceeds three million lives in five markets.

Discovery is an authorised financial services provider and trades under the code “DSY” on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange. 

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Avis Rent a Car has partnered with Discovery Insure to launch Avis SafeDrive, the smartphone app designed to reward Avis rental customers for safe driving.

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Patients once again choose SA’s top 20 hospitals on experience of care

Press Releases   •   Jul 17, 2017 09:09 GMT

Who better to describe the reality of the healthcare experience in South Africa’s private hospitals than the patient? This week’s announcement of the country’s top 20 hospitals for 2016 is based on the results of the most recent Discovery Health Patient Survey Score (PaSS) initiative, now in its third year.


Discovery and Vitality-linked insurers credited as pioneers of Shared-Value Insurance

Press Releases   •   Jun 27, 2017 11:21 GMT

A new report published by FSG and the Shared Value Initiative this week recognizes the Vitality business model, formed by Discovery and deployed by five of the world’s leading insurers, as a leading example of Shared-Value in insurance.


Discovery Health Medical Scheme continues to demonstrate excellent performance, sustainability and financial security for members’ peace of mind

Press Releases   •   Jun 22, 2017 14:13 GMT

Results presented during the Annual General Meeting showed continued strong growth and excellent financial performance, with the Scheme maintaining its industry-leading position in funding high quality healthcare at competitive premiums, and supporting the overall healthcare system.

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