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You could feel perfectly healthy and still have high blood pressure upping your stroke or heart disease risk.
When a Vitality Health Check done in early 2021 showed blood pressure readings that were higher than they should have been, 38-year-old Nikash Bagirathi got proactive and went to see his GP.
After more investigation, Nikash was shocked to be diagnosed with hypertension (persistent, elevated blood pressure). "I took comfort in knowing I was with the right doctor and on the right medicine. Many
Getting a flu vaccination in 2022 is a very good idea. Here's why.
This flu season, for the third year in a row, we face the risk of getting flu (caused by Influenza viruses) and COVID-19 (caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus) at the same time.
Flu and COVID-19 are different illnesses. They are however both spread through respiratory droplets, which the body releases when we talk, cough or sneeze. And, some people can get very sick from either virus, or both.
Paymenow adds PEP, NetcarePlus and Discovery Health to its value-added service offering
Johannesburg, 21 April 2022: Earned wage access company, Paymenow has broadened its value-added service offering to further ease the impact of consumer price inflation on cash-strapped South African workers. Along with providing access to earned wages before payday to allow employees to handle financial emergencies and avoid taking on unnecessary debt, Paymenow now offers direct access to affordab
Prevent the silent onset of chronic kidney disease. Here’s how.
Kidney disease is an irreversible illness that affects 10% of people across the world, and up to 1 in 8 people in South Africa. This World Kidney Day – on 10 March – let’s really appreciate these vital organs and make sure we’re living in a way that promotes our kidney health.
“By the time most people become aware that their kidneys are failing, they will already have lost 50% of their kidney
MyHealthTeam and Discovery Health partner to launch myCOVIDteam, a secure social network for people who have COVID-19 or Long COVID
SAN FRANCISCO – 01 March, 2022 --MyHealthTeam, creator of the largest and fastest-growing social networks for people facing chronic health conditions, today announced its partnership with South Africa’s largest private health insurance administrator, Discovery Health, to launch myCOVIDteam, a social network - also known as an online patient community - for people facing acute or long-haul symptoms
Behind the scenes in the drive to vaccinate the nation: collaboratively working to stay ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic and save lives
“The COVID-19 vaccination programme has truly been a matter of life and death.”
“We needed to have a single, integrated, co-ordinated approach if South Africa was going to be effective and impactful in our efforts to tackle this pandemic.”
In January 2022, Discovery celebrated a significant milestone - one million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered through its nine vaccination sites. Set up
Discovery Health presents to Parliament: Support for NHI structural reform through a blended funding model and public-private partnership
On 25 January, Discovery Health presented inputs on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health. These included a workable, blended-funding model aimed at sustainably achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
The presentations were made by:
Dr Ayanda Ntsaluba – Chairman of Discovery Health and Group Executive Director Dr Ryan Noach – Discov
Discovery Health, South Africa’s largest private health insurance administrator, releases at-scale, real-world analysis of Omicron outbreak based on 211 000 COVID-19 test results in South Africa, including collaboration with the South Africa
Johannesburg, 14 December 2021
Vaccine effectiveness: o The two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination provides 70% protection against severe complications of COVID-19 requiring hospitalisation, and 33% protection against COVID-19 infection, during the current Omicron wave. Reinfection risk: For individuals who have had COVID-19 previously, the risk of reinfection with Omicron is
Discovery highlights significant progress in implementation of mandatory vaccination policy
On 3 September 2021, Discovery announced its mandatory vaccination policy for South Africa-based employees Staff vaccination rates have climbed from 22% at start of September to 94% by 30 November Across all main categories, including sex, age and seniority, more than 90% of staff are vaccinated Vaccination rates projected to reach levels greater than 97% before the peak of fourth wave, in ear
Discovery Health simplifies access to screening for diabetic retinopathy and introduces cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence-driven technology to the process
Discovery Health launches new Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Benefit, enhanced by a cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence system and designed to detect the onset of diabetic retinopathy as early as possible.
AI technology heralds a new era for eye screening, which is fundamental to nipping diabetic retinopathy in the bud
People who live with diabetes (whether type 1 or 2) are at heightened
Tribute to South Africa’s healthcare professionals: Discovery Health releases moving nine-episode video docu-series
Discovery Health launches nine-episode video Doctor Appreciation docu-series
Each episode of this nine-part, documentary-style series tells a South African healthcare professional’s story and shares behind-the-scenes, real-life accounts from the COVID-19 frontline.
Johannesburg, 12 November 2021: South Africa’s healthcare professionals have worked at the COVID-19 coalface for the past 18 mont
Discovery Health shares unequivocal data on protective effects of COVID 19 vaccination and low risk of vaccine-related adverse events
You can view the briefing in the below on this link: Meeting Recording: https://dsycloud.zoom.us/rec/share/73lx5mMbd4lt-Dka5GsMpuEYTwiJbasOTKwmU1W1SE39oywS5niCYJ820larZlIg.TF771j0Xm9i1Z_G3 Access Passcode: 3azevr.9
Discovery Health’s mass vaccination site at Gallagher Convention Center adds significant capacity to accelerate the national vaccination rollout
JOHANNESBURG 02 July 2021 - Discovery Health is delighted to open its sixth Covid-19 vaccination site to-date at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg. With the capacity to deliver 3 800 vaccinations per day to the 3.5 million residents within close proximity of Midrand, the site is one of the largest vaccination centers countrywide and includes more than 48 full-time vaccinators an
Discovery’s new prepaid offer gives anyone in South Africa easy access to affordable, quality, healthcare
The Discovery Prepaid Health platform brings affordability, transparency and predictability to the costs of care by allowing users to buy prepaid vouchers for valued services – starting with face-to-face visits to a GP with access to medicine, all-inclusive at R300.
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.
Contribution freeze for Discovery Health Medical Scheme members until July 2021
“Each year we strive for the lowest possible contribution increase. For the first six months of 2021, DHMS will deliver a contribution freeze for all scheme members across all plans, mindful of and sensitive to the financial pressures facing individuals at this time within the country’s stressed economic climate.
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.
Discovery delivers robust half-year results with elevated investment in strategic new initiatives
The Group highlighted results for the period ended 31 December 2019, characterised by substantial investment in new initiatives and a strong performance from the core businesses with the exception of VitalityLife: • Net asset value increased by R1 598 million • Total new business API increased 17% to R11 116 million • Normalised profit from operations decreased 7% to R3 551 million
Stay healthy this winter with Uber and Discovery Health
The flu season is almost here and Discovery Health has once again partnered with Uber, Clicks and Dis-Chem to make it more convenient for South Africans to get vaccinated. On 2 May 2019, from 10:00 to 15:00, Uber will not only be taking people across cities but nurses with flu vaccinations will be available to administer flu shots.