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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
Live simulation of Discovery’s Hospital at Home demonstrates sophistication of hospital-level care in the home
On 14 July 2022 members of the media and healthcare professionals, convened at Discovery’s Sandton headquarters, together with local and international thought leaders in home healthcare, to witness a live simulation of Discovery’s Hospital at Home programme.
“Participants gained first-hand experience of just how sophisticated the system is and how safely and meticulously hospital-level care can
Triple win for Discovery at the Efma–Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2022
Discovery took home three awards in this year’s Efma-Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards, at a virtual ceremony showcasing the best insurance innovations across the globe.
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