Subjects: Health Organisations
Managing the second Wave – a plea for a collective response from all South Africans
With many South Africans preparing for a December break, daily new reported COVID-19 cases are at their highest levels since July and rapidly increasing. South Africa’s infection rates are following a strikingly similar trajectory to Europe’s second wave, peaking six to seven months after the initial outbreak.
2021 will see cutting-edge digital technology boost Discovery Health’s Diabetes Care Programme
In 2020 the COVID-19 global healthcare crisis has put the spotlight on people who live with diabetes. They are considered at risk of severe illness should they contract COVID-19 – particularly where the condition is poorly managed.
Discovery Health Medical Scheme members to have access to a Shariah Compliant Arrangement from 2021
Discovery Health Medical Scheme members will be able to elect to have their health plan administered in accordance with principles that are compliant, through the Discovery Health Medical Scheme Shariah Compliant Arrangement.
Discovery’s Roseanne Harris elected President of International Actuarial Association
Professor Harris has been a member of the Executive Committee of the International Actuarial Association since 2018 and among other roles, has served as the Chair of the Health and Education Committees of the Actuarial Society of South Africa, and as the President of the Actuarial Society of South Africa in 2016 and 2017.
New basic private healthcare for employees of households
Discovery has created an affordable way for employers to secure basic private healthcare services for their employees, including support for COVID-19. This is available through Primary Care for Household Employees, which gives household employees and their dependants access to primary private healthcare benefits from R249 per month.
New Vitality Health International Division and leadership changes to drive Discovery’s global health insurance initiatives
Discovery today announced the establishment of a new business unit, Vitality Health International (VHI).
Breaking the Stigma: Why Discovery is introducing a New Mental Wellbeing Programme
Depression will be the world’s leading contributor to the global burden of disease by 2030, based on mental health risk statistics. This is reflected in the latest Discovery Health Healthcare Claims Tracker, which reveals key trends in mental health related claims by members of the Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS), and confirms that depression is the most prevalent mental health condition.
The Vitality Run Series hits the streets of Pretoria in October
This jacaranda season, Vitality is turning Pretoria orange. The popular Discovery Vitality Run Series (VRS) – which has seen thousands of South Africans participate in Johannesburg and Cape Town – is partnering with four of Pretoria’s most iconic road races to get more citizens active on their streets.
Managing the healthcare trilemma: broadening access to world-class care, maintaining affordability and enhancing benefits and services
Discovery Health Medical Scheme today announced the 2020 annual contribution increase and benefit changes. DHMS will be implementing a weighted average contribution increase of 9.5%. Based on a market survey of financial advisers representing over 250,000 lives, market expectations are for increases between 10% and 12% across the industry.
Discovery Health and SAMA open Vitality Active Rewards to public sector doctors
The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has partnered with Discovery Health to offer Discovery’s globally recognised wellness incentive programme, Vitality Active Rewards, to health practitioners in the public sector.
Scholarships and grants worth R27 million awarded to medical specialists and institutions for education and training
Now in its thirteenth year, Discovery is pleased to announce the 42 recipients of its 2019 Foundation Awards, providing doctors and institutions with support for the development of critical solutions for under-resourced and rural areas.
Discovery Health releases key trends in birth rates as well as the costs associated with pregnancy, birth and new babies
The latest Discovery Health Healthcare Claims Tracker focuses on maternity claims, quantifying the spend by Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS, or the Scheme) on maternity related claims and highlighting key trends amongst members. The report includes data based on all claims within South Africa’s largest, open medical scheme, DHMS, with a membership of 2.8 million lives as of end 2018.
Patients rate South Africa’s Top 20 hospitals for 2018
Now in its fifth year of reporting, Discovery Health is pleased to release its annual list of 20 leading South African hospitals as rated by patients through the Patient Survey Score (PaSS). The Top 20 list is based on aggregated surveys completed by members of medical schemes administered by Discovery Health rating their in-hospital experience across various aspects of care.
Discovery Health Medical Scheme paid R56.4bn in healthcare claims in 2018
Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS/the Scheme), South Africa’s leading open medical scheme, today presented its results for the 2018 calendar year. Chief Medical Officer of the Scheme, Dr Unati Mahlati, said; “In tough economic times and with an increasing concern for our members’ ability to afford contributions, we have nevertheless continued to grow and attract new members.
High blood pressure a ticking time bomb? Exercise and healthy diet the answer
This World Heart Health Day, we look at the factors contributing to hypertension and ways to lessen our risk
Targeted strategies needed to stem global tsunami of lifestyle diseases
Stats SA report indicates lifestyle diseases as the fastest-growing cause of death among South AfricansDiscovery says targeted and coordinated strategy needed among all stakeholders to change population behaviour and stem global tsunami of lifestyle diseasesInterventions include lifestyle and behaviour modification, workplace wellness programmes and public policy shiftsA new report released this
Discovery Vitality launches in Europe through Generali
Generali Vitality, based on the Discovery Vitality programme and Discovery’s shared value insurance model, will be available to Generali customers in Germany from 1 July 2016.
Discovery announces health journalists taking top honours in the 2015 Discovery Health Journalism Awards
Discovery announced the Discovery Journalist of the Year as well as winners in each category of the 2015 Discovery Health Journalism Awards at a gala event tonight in Sandton.
Nurgalieva twins take on Comrades in Team Vitality colours
Discovery and Team Vitality are excited to announce that renowned Russian running sisters – Elena and Olesya Nurgalieva who have dominated the Comrades Marathon leader board over the past few years – will be running the Ultimate Human Race for Team Vitality this year.