Is Discovery Health Still the Best Medical Aid?

Matt Somers By Matt Somers, 17th Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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After being such a long-standing medical aid giant in South Africa for so long, you might stlil wonder if Discovery Health still lives up to its name. Read on to find out!

Is Discovery Health Still the Best Medical Aid?

Medical aid giant, Discovery Health has been at the forefront of the medical aid industry in South Africa since its inception in 1992.

Difficult global economic conditions and the spectre of the impending National Health Insurance have cast a darkening shadow over the industry of late. Even the behemoth of medical aids in South Africa has taken a knock, with its solvency ratio running below the mandatory norm.

Is Discovery Health Medical Aid then still the best medical aid in South Africa?

Financial Stability

Notwithstanding the solvency issue which is allegedly due to the significant increase - estimated at 12 percent per year - in its already impressive membership base of 2.5 million, Discovery Health is in remarkably good shape.

The multiple award winning medical aid scheme, known and loved for its innovative approach to health care in South Africa, is currently sitting on cash reserves of over R7 billion - hence it’s ‘no quibble, we pay’ approach - an approach that has endeared it to growing numbers of customers.

Impressive Credit Rating

Young, healthy South Africans are signing up with Discovery Health in their droves as the company enjoys the highest independent credit rating possible (AA+). Potential members can therefore tick off the scheme’s ability to pay out on claims, and fast.

Pioneering Consumer-Driven Health Care

Discovery Health has been at the vanguard of pioneering consumer-driven health care in South Africa since its launch.

New generation medical aid products featuring cost effective medical savings accounts, where any surplus is rolled over to the following year, were customised for the South African market by Discovery Health’s brains trust.

Scientific Wellness Solution

It was also one of the first to introduce an incentives based health and wellness programme that focuses on preventative health care and encourages healthy lifestyle changes. Today, Discovery Health’s Vitality is accredited by the Sports Science Institute of South Africa and is the largest scientific wellness solution on the planet!

Why Choose Discovery Health?

Apart from its innovative approach to health care and its glowing financial health, there are endless reasons to choose Discovery Health as the medical aid scheme of choice, not least of which are:
• 17 plan options that range from the premium Executive Plan to the budget, entry-level KeyCare Series
• Access to advanced state-of-the-art medical procedures and health care providers
• A bouquet of convenient support services including Discovery Med-Xpress, an Oncology Care Programme, an Integrated Care Unit, Trauma Support and the in-hospital assistance of medical liaison managers.

Medical Aid Comparison

Don’t take our word for it! Explore the options available online via the convenience of a medical aid comparison website where you can browse all the major medical aid schemes in South Africa, compare like-for-like, request medical aid quotes and become more educated as to how medical aid actually works.


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author avatar Denise O
18th Jan 2012 (#)

Good info. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Annie Delport
25th Apr 2013 (#)

Would like to know if Discovery Health Medical Aid
also overseas!!!!

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