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Discovery Health Medical Scheme data shows over R3.2 billion paid for cancer treatment in 2023
Regular cancer screening is lifesaving - the earlier you catch cancer, the better your outcomes
With World Cancer Day commemorated every year on 4 February, latest claims data from Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS) shows an improvement in cancer screening rates following the dip noted during the pandemic period from 2020 to 2022. For the most part they have returned to pre-pandemic levels.
Living to 100 and beyond: Celebrating the Discovery Health Medical Scheme’s 90 centenarian members
In April 2023, Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS) provided cover to 90 centenarian members (people aged 100 years or older), including two semi-supercentenarians aged 105. These members represent 0.0032% of DHMS lives (32 centenarians per million Scheme members). Ironically, DHMS centenarians are healthier than the average elderly member, with a chronic condition prevalence that is similar
Type 2 diabetes: Diagnosis, management, weight loss, remission
The world’s focus turns to diabetes on 14 November 2023 – World Diabetes Day. This year the theme is Know your risk, Know your response. Clinical leadership from Discovery including Head of Vitality Wellness, Dr Mosima Mabunda and Chief Clinical Officer at Discovery Health, Dr Noluthando Nematswerani, urge a focus on knowing your risk and managing your weight in tackling diabetes.
New Discovery Health app introduces personalised, end-to-end healthcare journey including 3 cutting-edge, first-in-South Africa innovations
The new Discovery Health App offers a personalized gateway to the healthcare system for every Discovery Health customer. It enables end-to-end healthcare system navigation and support. The App provides access to cutting-edge digital healthcare technology and services for customers. The App integrates everything to do with one’s health in one place, so that customers can easily check in on their
Discovery announces new Discovery Health CEO and a new Discovery Corporate & Employee Benefits business
Dr Ronald Whelan is appointed as the CEO of Discovery Health with effect from 1 January 2024.
Tackling the rising tide of depression through screening, prevention and digital therapeutics for mental health
Across the world and in South Africa, depression is the most common form of mental illness. 1 in 3 people in South Africa experience a mental health issue. Only 1 in 10 people with a mental health issue have access to treatment. What role do healthy eating, exercise, holistic healthcare, and digital therapeutics for mental health play in tackling the unprecedented rise in mental illness – par
Discovery Health Medical Scheme announces 2024 contribution increase
Please note that the announcement below in respect of the Discovery Health Medical Scheme 2024 contributions and/or benefits changes have been submitted to the Council for Medical Schemes and is subject to its approval.
Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS) has announced a weighted average contribution increase across all benefit plans of 7.5% for 2024. This takes effect 01 January 2024, and
Discovery posts strong full-year operating results; Discovery Bank progressing excellently
Discovery announces annual results for the twelve months ended 30 June 2023
Diabetes and heart disease: Predictive analytics identify future risk to protect health and life span
Here’s a potentially life-saving equation: Regular health checks plus innovative predictive analysis equal a good chance of identifying (and subsequently, treating) serious diseases early on. This approach ensures investment into one’s lifespan and health span. How is this being applied to tackling common noncommunicable diseases like diabetes and heart disease?
Predictive modelling changes th
Understand and use your medical scheme’s screening and prevention benefits
It’s all too easy to brush off that mild headache as being a by-product of a stressful day, too much coffee or too little water. But what if it isn’t? Sometimes seemingly insignificant niggles are signs of something else going on in the body. And sometimes, there aren’t any obvious signs at all.
In fact, some health conditions are even dubbed “silent killers” because by the time symptoms surfa
Flu season is around the corner: Five good reasons to get your flu vaccine today
Influenza (flu) season is around the corner and this year’s flu vaccine is available to protect us against the flu strains that are expected to circulate and make people sick.
“Having our flu vaccine lowers our risk of becoming sick with flu - or seriously ill with flu if we are in the high-risk group for this and also limits the spread of infection to others,” says Dr Noluthando Nematswerani,
What can a Health Check do for you today that burgers for lunch everyday won’t?
It can prevent a heart attack or perhaps a stroke or even the development of certain cancers. The lifestyle choices you make today can largely determine your health in the long-term.
It’s a well-known fact that fast food is generally high in sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats. The body reacts to these in negative ways, namely the development of illness, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, an
Weight loss drugs are no quick fix – here’s what you need to know
In recent months, A-list celebrities have openly shared that they have taken drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy to lose weight.
This has prompted a huge demand for these sorts of medicines from the broader public and created supply chain shortages for drugs like Ozempic, significantly impacting the management of patients living with diabetes (for whom this drug is intended).
What’s the hype abo
Discovery Health Medical Scheme announces 2023 contribution increase
Discovery Health Medical Scheme members continue to enjoy substantially enhanced 2023 benefits at 2022 rates for the first 3 months of the year. Contributions will increase on 1 April 2023 by 7.9% for 85% of Scheme members, including members on the Keycare, Smart, Core and Saver Plans, and by 9.9% for members on the Priority, Comprehensive and Executive plans. The weighted average contribution i
Clicks, Discovery Health and Auto & General Insurance announce Flexicare for consumers – new affordable private healthcare cover
Discovery Health, Clicks and Auto & General Insurance have partnered to create an innovative health insurance product for South Africans that provides reasonably priced private day-to-day healthcare cover through the Clicks retail network – Flexicare.
The Flexicare offering has been available since 2018 to the retail sector and corporate employers to provide affordable healthcare cover for
Discovery Health Medical Scheme launches WELLTH Fund in the hope of kickstarting a trend of preventative care
The COVID-19 pandemic impact to healthcare system led to consumers deferring non-COVID related healthcare General health checks were down 50% at the peak of the pandemic compared to pre-COVID levels Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS) members now have access to an additional screening and preventative benefit called the WELLTH Fund Medical aid members on all plans have a once-off access durin
Cyclists set to enjoy a safer ride thanks to the Pothole Patrol
On Saturday the 21 January and Sunday 22 January, more than 400 cyclists will be taking part in the 2023 Gauteng Provincial Road and TT Champs starting and finishing at the Sterkfontein Caves in The Cradle of Humankind – a well-known ride venue in the Muldersdrift area that offers cyclists some scenic relief from the hustle and bustle of the city.
As captivating as places like these are in Sou
Best Domestic Contact Centre in South Africa takes 35 000 calls a day while high-quality service remains a priority
8 December 2022, Sandton: The Contact Centre Management Group (CCMG), a professional body of the contact centre industry in South Africa, recently announced the top businesses and professionals in the industry. Recognising it as a business role model in innovative ways of working, Discovery Health received both the “Best Domestic Contact Centre” and the “Best Contact Centre Support Professionals”
Research shows regular physical activity may boost COVID-19 jab effectiveness
Findings of a study by Discovery, SAMRC, WiSH, and the Sisonke programme suggest the more exercise done, the stronger the protective effect of vaccination.
Financial relief provided to members of Discovery Health Medical Scheme as 2023 contribution increase deferred to 1 April, with the Scheme optimally priced for expected claims
Discovery Health Medical Scheme members to save almost R1.9bn in the first three months of 2023, access exciting new health-enhancing benefits and an innovative new network-based plan.
Judicious use of excess Scheme solvency provides both financial relief and new benefits to members.
21 September 2022 – Today, Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS) announced that its members will only pay m