All you need to know about Discovery Primary Care


With your help, Discovery Primary Care aims to provide more South Africans who are unable to afford medical cover, with access to quality private healthcare. Read on to keep up to date with all you need to know about Discovery Primary Care.

The Council of Medical Scheme exemption approval

At the beginning of the year, Discovery received communication from the Council for Medical Schemes confirming that Discovery Life has been granted an exemption from certain provisions of the Medical Schemes Act for our Discovery Primary Care products. This communication included the specific conditions under which the exemption was granted. One of these conditions is that Discovery Primary Care must, going forward, be offered by Discovery Life.

The exemption approval has little effect on our providers. There are no changes to the underlying benefits and no disruption to the cover of employees and their dependants.

As required by the Council for Medical Schemes, the names of the products have changed. The new product names are: 

  • Discovery Primary Care Activate replaces Discovery Primary Care Essential
  • Discovery Primary Care Advanced replaces Discovery Primary Care Comprehensive.

Identifying Discovery Primary Care members

To make identifying Discovery Primary Care members and their dependants easier, they are issued with a membership card, with their policy number on it.

You can also call us on 0860 44 55 66 or use the HP zone to confirm member’s benefits and policy details.

A recap of the benefits of Discovery Primary Care

Discovery Primary Care offers members access to quality private healthcare. With two options to choose from, Discovery Primary Care offers a range of benefits for members.

Primary Care Activate offers essential day-to-day benefits like GP visits, medical procedures in GP rooms and cover for day-to-day prescription medicine.

Primary Care Advanced includes these day-to-day benefits but also has a set of extended day-to-day benefits, which cover basic pathology and radiology, dentistry, optometry, chronic medicine and maternity. Members have access to wellness screening and funeral cover.

Cover for medical evacuation, casualty admission, in-patient stabilisation and treatment can be added through the Trauma Benefit.

Discovery Primary Care is an employer funded healthcare-related benefit for employees. It is not a medical scheme. The cover is not the same as that of a medical scheme and is not or intended to be a substitute for medical scheme membership. Discovery Primary Care is offered by Discovery Life Limited, registration number 1966/003901/06, a registered long-term insurer and an authorised financial services and registered credit provider NCR Reg No. NCRCP 355555. Discovery Vitality (Proprietary) Limited, registration number: 1999/007736/07 is an authorised financial services provider. Product rules, terms and conditions apply.

Discovery Primary Care is administered by Discovery Health (Proprietary) Limited, registration number 1997/013480/07, an authorised financial services provider.

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