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Louise Steyn, 67, underwent a life-changing hip replacement in November 2017, after two years of constant pain and a fruitless search for relief.
For Pretoria nursery school owner and former IT consultant, Haidee Olivier, 41, the restoration of both her and her four-year-old son Tiaan’s hearing, has transformed her into a passionate advocate for the hearing-impaired.
On 4 May 2017, little Anashe Chakacha was born premature, with the upper part of her skull missing. Doctors held out little hope she would live. She was diagnosed with congenital malformation of the skull and face bones. Now two years old, she’s defied the odds.
Over the past four decades, the number of obese children in the world has increased more than 10-fold. How do we change behaviour in an entire generation to protect our children from the consequences of obesity – both in childhood and later in life?
If you are a parent, you need to know which important health checks your child should have from birth onwards, and which ones you may have missed. Paediatrician and Discovery Vitality Principal Clinical Specialist, Dr Deepak Patel, explains.
Digitisation and artificial intelligence-based innovations have become catalysts to the evolution of the healthcare industry. GP, Dr Sudeshan Govender, describes how digital healthcare tools are increasingly augmenting the doctor-patient relationship.
Pregnancy is such an important to time for a mom and her baby. The right medical and financial support is key to this beautiful journey. Amy Christopher was amazed that her Maternity Benefit supports her pregnancy and her baby, for two years post birth
Why is persistent, elevated blood pressure, a ‘silent killer’? Almost half of South Africans have this condition. It doesn’t always show symptoms yet causes heart attacks, strokes and more. Are your lifestyle choices fuelling this disease?
Masechaba Molete was diagnosed with hypertension at the age of 31. She’s since put all her efforts into engaging in exercise, cutting down her smoking, quitting salt and alcohol, managing her stress and eating healthily!
Empower yourself this flu season by knowing the right questions to ask your doctor about the flu vaccine and the flu. Understanding how to protect yourself and your loved ones from this year’s flu strains will make all the difference to staying as healthy as possible.
Suffering from respiratory issues but not sure why? Here's a handy guide to understand the difference between common conditions that affect the health of your airways.
Want to sail through the flu season, healthy and strong? You need to know the seven fundamental Flu Truths listed below – and share them! The healthier you and the people around you are, the lower your chances of catching 2019’s flu strains
When baby Simoné Scott let out her first cry at birth, her parents’ relief was indescribable. A pacemaker could now be inserted into her body, ending a 10 week wait during which time she could have had a heart attack at any moment, while still inside her mom.
In March 2019 Discovery hosted a conference aimed at encouraging fellow corporates to join in pooling resources for social impact. In this series, we look at the profound transformation that occurs when companies and organisations become partners for social good.
On 7 April 2019 the World Health Organisation commemorates World Health Day. This year’s theme is Quality Access to Healthcare for All. The Discovery Fund supports several exceptional initiatives that provide healthcare to the most under-resourced communities.
In March 2019 Discovery hosted a conference aimed at encouraging fellow corporates to join in pooling resources for social impact. In this series, we look at the transformation that occurs when companies and organisations become partners for social good.
Why are some of us able to adapt really well to extreme stress and personal setbacks? Is this the domain of a superhuman few? Nope! The ability to spectacularly ‘bounce forward’ is innate to us all. Here are 10 ways to develop extraordinary resilience.
Ayanda Nxasana was born with one regular kidney and one small one, a condition that led to renal failure as a teenager. She also suffers from lupus and is dyslexic – but none of this keeps her from managing her health and staying positive.
Although Melissa Platt lost her young son to sepsis, she still likes to be known as “Sam’s mom.” She’s determined to spare other parents her pain by sharing learnings from her remarkable experience and sharing Sam’s legacy.
Will this be your healthiest year yet? Yes! Diarise our handy calendar of health checks for you and your family. Get them done at the start of the year, earn thousands of Vitality points and understand exactly where to focus your efforts for 2019.
The start of a new year heralds the desire to change for the better. Research shows that a focus on regular, short-term challenges – at any time of the year – is the key to changing habits and achieving your goals!
As the new year dawns, ground-breaking technologies are empowering consumers and healthcare systems at an unprecedented rate. Here are three healthcare trends that are fast gaining traction, and how they can affect you.
Contracting Neuromyelitis Optica was a bolt from the blue for Jean Slabbert. Globally, the illness occurs in only one in a million people. Jean has successfully fought this paralysing and blinding illness and lives to share his ‘miracle’ story.
Never in his wildest dreams did 28-year-old Wade Schaerer think he'd become a prominent HIV/Aids activist and vocal campaigner, conveying a vital, universal message pertinent to every South African.
Acclaimed behavioural economist Dan Ariely has spent years studying the motivations behind the choices we make from health and wellness to financial success. In his opinion, it often boils down to setting goals and the right kind of rewards.
There's emerging evidence that people who exercise self-control in one domain are generally successful in a number of other domains. Here's how engaging in Vitality Active Rewards can make you more capable by triggering other positive habits.
On 29 September 2018, we celebrate World Heart Day, a global initiative of the World Heart Federation to raise awareness about heart health. This World Heart Day, make a promise to yourself to take care of your heart.
There's so much misinformation out there about cancer and cancer prevention that it's easy to feel overwhelmed when it comes to making healthy lifestyle choices. We’ve separated the facts from fiction here to assist with your risk-reducing decisions.
You might gladly give up a kidney so your child can have chance of a normal life – but could you? And would anyone else? Here’s a look at what’s creating an organ donor dilemma in South Africa.
Across the globe, digital innovation is disrupting industries and new markets by radically changing the means by which we engage with our wellbeing. Here’s what mobile health can (and has already started to) bring to South Africa.
As more kids have access to one or more screens and Internet-connected devices – and with it comes dangers to your children’s wellbeing. Here’s what to look out for and how to help your kids thrive in the digital age.
With his diagnosis carrying a median survival rate of four years, Fareed Bruintjies, 47, accidentally bumped into a patient who'd survived the same cancer for twelve years, in the chemotherapy room.
For most of the previous century, there was a severe lack of attention on women's health. Fortunately, this is changing, and the focus on women's health is increasing worldwide.
Hendrik Stopforth's Acute Myelodysplastic Leukaemia (AML), was a two-year trial by fire during which his family bonded strongly, received huge support from extended family and was financially buoyed by the generosity of strangers.
Dr Salome Maswime is the mother of two playful little boys. She’s also a specialist who’s committed to maternal and foetal medicine, in South Africa and now abroad. Here’s how she’s making a difference.
Dr Salome Maswime's commitment to maternal and foetal medicine has just won her a Discovery Foundation MGH Fellowship Award, which means she's off to Boston in the US to find answers to improving woman's health.
The deaths in three consecutive years of those Mickey lived with - her in-laws and then her husband, Mandla, followed by her own shock diagnosis of aggressive breast cancer would have been too much for most women.
Without Discovery Health Medical Scheme, (DHMS), covering the estimated R3 million per annum cost of a life-saving drug to keep his ultra-rare degenerative disease at bay, Matthew May, now four-and-a-half years old, would probably not see his teenage years.
Clinical Psychologist, Dr Colinda Linde, weighs in on the stigmas faced in the workplace by those with mental health conditions. Ignorance around mental health conditions worsens the pressure felt by those diagnosed with these illnesses.
In his opinion, Dr Sudeshan Govender, a General Practitioner in Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal, believes the digital revolution will improve healthcare for both patients and healthcare practitioners
The Truters make some of Wellington's finest export wines. But their main claim to fame is winning an extended battle to save their son's life. Chris was diagnosed in-utero with Hypoplastic Left heart Syndrome, one of the most challenging of all heart defects.
Have you managed to steer clear of a cold or flu so far? Give your immune system a thumbs up, and then consider heading to your nearest health Donor Centre or Mobile Blood Drive to donate blood. Here’s why.
In this opinion piece, Dr Sudeshan Govender, a General Practitioner in Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal, explains why he believes the digital revolution will improve healthcare for both patients and healthcare practitioners.
Over 60? This June, we're celebrating Youth Day by encouraging youthfulness through a holistic approach to your wellbeing. Here's your guide to managing your diet, exercise and health.
This June, we're celebrating Youth Day by encouraging youthfulness through a holistic approach to your wellbeing. Here's a 50-something's guide to managing your diet, exercise and health.
This June, we're celebrating Youth Day by encouraging youthfulness through a holistic approach to your wellbeing. Here's a 40-something's guide to managing your diet, exercise and health.
This June, we're celebrating Youth Day by encouraging youthfulness through a holistic approach to your wellbeing. Here's a 30-something's guide to managing your diet, exercise and health.
Under 30? This June, we're celebrating Youth Day by encouraging youthfulness through a holistic approach to your wellbeing. Here's a millennial's guide to managing your diet, exercise and health.
Government recently announced that it would be amending a number of South Africa's smoking laws. But how far should they, regulatory bodies and private companies go in drawing the line between freedom of rights and public health hazard?
Inspired by his family's local GP, Dr Omolemo Kitchin went on to study a super-specialised field within respiratory medicine that deals with children's lung diseases. We caught up with this gifted professional to learn more about him.
Twelve years ago, Richard van Zyl-Smit was named one of the very first recipients of a Discovery Foundation Academic Fellowship Award. We caught up with him for tips on how to keep your two oxygen-processors in tip-top shape.
The global prediction for developing countries is that respiratory diseases will account for more deaths and disability-adjusted life years. A lung specialist and a dietician offer these tips on how to keep disease at bay.
For almost two decades, the Umthombo Youth Development Foundation (UYDF) has given bursaries to rural youth to study medicine or health sciences.
Photo app filters are handy at helping us look younger than we actually are, but chances are, some days, you feel a lot older than you are. Your body is the more accurate judge. Here are ways to keep your body youthful, throughout the ages.
When it comes to getting your flu shot, don’t wait till the flu season is over, else the vaccine is far less effective and you’ll miss out on easy Vitality points.
For Sherene Grobler, a 52-year-old Witbank grandmother, the shock of hearing that tumours removed from her ovary, urethra and bladder were cancerous was cushioned by instant support from her family and church friends.
Female cancers are some of the most common and serious health issues that affect women. What should you know about ovarian cancer? Why is it so important to make sure your lifestyle and finances are protected in the case of a life-altering illness.
Prevention is better than cure. This is what cancer screening tests are about. Used to identify and eliminate common cancers or precancerous conditions early on, so that more advanced cancers can be prevented, these tests can literally save your life.
Ovarian cancer is cancer of the cells of one or both of the ovaries. Although listed as only the seventh commonest cancer in women after breast, cervical, colon, skin, lung and uterine cancers, its incidence is on the rise especially in developed countries.
Linda Greeff, an oncology social worker and cancer survivor herself, believes that a patient’s long-term survival is most impacted by the first treatment intervention. She shares her insight from her own experience with being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Every autumn and winter, the trickle of flu patients becomes a flood in doctor's waiting rooms around the country. Here are some FAQs doctors commonly get, and guidelines to help you avoid and manage the flu this year.
The inspiring story of the Bridle twins highlights disability and drowning risks, as well as the importance of calm, quick action in the event of an emergency.
Driven by her high-pressure job, Amy Rabie, 24, believed long hours were the cause of her tiredness, headaches, constant thirst and blurry vision. Little did she expect she had life-threatening Type 1 diabetes.
Pregnancy is a very special time in a woman's life. You have to make serious decisions that affect your and your baby's health, and this is especially important if you have a chronic condition like HIV.
Kidney disease has largely indistinct symptoms, which means that most people have no idea they’re headed for renal failure. Here’s how to find out if you’re at high risk, and what to do about it.
Nausea and vomiting is the most common complaint in pregnancy. We chatted to Dr Natalie Odell, who qualified with a Fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the College of Medicine South Africa and a MMed from WITS, to better understand its causes.
Globally, 1 in 10 people suffer from Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), marked on 8 March – World Kidney Day. However, most people who have the disease don't know they do. Awareness is key to prevention, so here are 8 ways to care for your kidneys.
Being mindful entails seeking trusted sources and facts behind common assumptions and practices. This is especially important when it comes to medical issues. Read on to see if you have all your flu facts straight.
More cases of Listeriosis have been confirmed in South Africa over the past few months. Here is what you need to know about the disease, as well as tips on how to prevent listeriosis.
Can you unwittingly spread the flu? Will being OCD about clean surfaces help? Here are four flu facts to help you be more mindful about avoiding and preventing the spread of flu this year.
Brian Anderson, is a minor walking miracle. He's had 93 operations, including two kidney transplants and been on intermittent dialysis for 22 years. He's passionate about raising awareness around Chronic Kidney Disease and organ donation.
One of the best ways to be mindful of your own and others' health this March is to protect against, and prevent the spread of, the frighteningly contagious influenza virus. Here's why getting immunised early offers you the best defence.
Many parents are preoccupied with whether their new-borns are developing normally. Every baby is different – but here are some fun signposts to look out for!
In the mood for love? February is a good time to think about stopping the spread of sexually transmitted infections, specifically HIV. No matter your HIV status, always wrap up to protect yourself and your partner.
This is the second of a two-part feature in which a financial writer at Discovery and father of twins, offers honest and tongue-in-cheek advice to expecting and new dads. The article was first published in Men's Health in February 2018.
This is the second of a two-part feature. A financial writer at Discovery and father of twins offers honest and tongue-in-cheek advice to expecting and new dads. The article was first published in Men’s Health in February 2018.
Life is easier, you have choices that are best suited for you, you save costs and valuable time. These benefits of technology are now also changing healthcare and how you interact with doctors – and it is all available on your smartphone with Discovery Health's Smart Series.
Personality can play a big role in how your child approaches life, but there are certain fundamental things you can do to encourage wellbeing in your kids. Try your best to accommodate for these key elements below!
You know new life is precious and getting the best care is important. With the right support, you can have peace of mind when it comes to the care your child needs or when you're thinking of growing your family.
It's hard to imagine that cervical cancer affected the lives of two sisters in the same year - and how differently. Alrita Groenewald, 41, was given less than 30% chance of survival, while her sister Tessa Supra, 46, chose to silently carry the burden of her subsequent diagnosis.
How many times have you made a New Year's resolution to "get healthy" that didn't last a month? Don't worry, we're not judging. Fact is - it's pretty tough to stick to resolutions. And according to behavioural economists, it takes a lot more than sheer willpower.
No one can predict what medical emergencies or other healthcare costs the coming year might bring. This makes it tricky to strike a balance between meeting your budget and making sure you have sufficient medical cover. Here are some factors to help you decide.
According to Cancer Research UK, more than 80% of melanoma cases could be prevented by avoiding sunburn - and those of us with darker skins aren’t immune. Here's why and how to be sun-smart this summer.
Did you know there are an estimated 1.3 million adults living with undiagnosed diabetes in South Africa? In fact, 50% of people with type 2 diabetes don’t know they have it. Get your stats and facts straight here.
In the last in a series of pieces exploring the SA healthcare industry, Discovery Health CEO Dr Johnathan Broomberg explores the fragmented structure of private healthcare as a major underlying reason for inefficiency and overuse of healthcare systems. (Published: Sunday Times, 26 November 2017)
In the third in a series of pieces exploring the SA healthcare industry, Discovery Health CEO Dr Johnathan Broomberg why a critical success factor in this shared value model is that all of us need to become well-informed healthcare consumers, rather than passive patients. (Published: Sunday Times, 19 November 2017)
In his second opinion-editorial, Dr Broomberg's explains how Discovery Health is using the concept of shared value to fight rising healthcare costs. (Published: Sunday Times, 12 November 2017).
In the first, in a series of opinion-editorial published in Sunday Times and aimed at educating consumers about important matters in the South African healthcare sector, Dr Jonathan Broomberg, CEO of Discovery Health, delves into the key drivers of healthcare costs (Published: Sunday Times, 5 November 2017).
Do you zone out when someone starts using medical jargon? Here are some simple explanations so you can keep yourself in the know with diabetes terminology.
Vitality Weight Loss Rewards (WLR) is a weight-loss journey that aims to help you lose weight in short, manageable cycles until you reach a healthier weight. You will earn rewards for participating and for reaching your goals. This is Sean Venske's story.
"What has Vitality Weight Loss Rewards done for me and how am I behaving differently as a result? Having a goal to aim at, and the means to hold himself accountable (weekly weighing and self- tracking) made all the difference." - Ned
Vitality Weight Loss Rewards is a weight-loss journey that aims to help you lose weight in short, manageable cycles. Losing weight not only fast-tracked Kim's knee op recovery, but has been transformative and the benefits are spilling into all aspects of her life.
Martie Geertsma, 43, is living testimony to the power of a positive, proactive attitude. Her very existence depends on continuous 24/7 oxygen and intravenous drug supplies to treat the rare disease from which she suffers - Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, (PAH).
Vitality Weight Loss Rewards just helps you keep going with its encouraging feedback messages and enabling you to track your weight loss. That's very motivating. Once I got into the habit of eating properly and doing all the right things, it changed my way of life. Read Dawn Zaal's weight-loss story.
Vitality Weight Loss Rewards (WLR) is a weight-loss journey that aims to help you lose weight in short, manageable cycles until you reach a healthier weight. You will earn rewards for participating and for reaching your goals. This is Johan van den Berg’s story.
NetCells, Next Biosciences' umbilical cord stem cell banking service, gives expectant parents the opportunity to collect their new born baby's umbilical cord blood and tissue stem cells and cryogenically store them for potential future medical use.
Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women across the world. Is heart disease a condition that women need to pay more attention to? And are symptoms of a heart attack the same in men and women?
Numbness in the left arm and a stabbing pain the chest. Those symptoms sent a 29-year old Discovery Health Medical Scheme member to a hospital emergency unit one evening on his way home from work. He shares his story in his own words.
It's possible to lower the risk high cholesterol by eating well and being physically active, so it’s tempting to think that only people who eat badly and don’t exercise can have this condition. But is that true?
Amputee Jaco van Staden's worst nightmare has left him a better man than ever and with a foot that is almost as good as the one he was born with.
A decent first aid kit is a household must-have. Many kits on offer promise to stock everything you might need, but it’s a sure bet if you assemble your own. Here are some first aid essentials.
Have you come across a dusty first aid kit while spring-cleaning your medicine cabinet? Before you toss it back in, here are some handy guidelines on what it should include. After all, a kit is only as useful as what you can do with it!
Surviving cancer physically is sometimes only half the battle. The other half is the post-treatment journey. Laurie Gaum shares his emotional lung cancer survival journey.
While the rest of the world sleeps, Redi Tlhabi can be found taking in lungfuls of cool morning air as she completes yet another training run. This is how she recharges her brain and meditates ahead of another busy day – and gets the most out of her day.
Mental illness impacts all spheres of life - social to psychological. Supporting a person with a mental illness requires knowledge of what is harmful or helpful.
Discovery Vitality member Gavin Cowden shares his remarkable journey from overweight pre-diabetic to South African Para-Cycling Champion
Discovery Health Medical Scheme member, Emma Attwell opens up about her journey with mental illness and shares the value of sound medical aid when faced with numerous health challenges.
With Discovery Health Medical Scheme, submitting claims is easy when you use one of our digital channels. These digital platforms offer you convenience and allow us to process and pay claims faster.
When you have spent the funds in your Medical Savings Account, the Day-to-day Extender Benefit ensures that you do not have any gaps in cover when you visit a provider in our Premier Plus GP Network.
Discovery HomeCare is a unique service offered in the South African medical scheme market to provide patients with specific healthcare needs, access to high-quality care solutions at their homes.
Norma Moller shares her experiences during her rollercoaster cancer treatment journey that has left her wiser, more aware, more disciplined, and an expert when it comes to her own body.
Future health technology could empower patients to take responsibility for their health and allow doctors to intervene by means of individual wearable devices that monitor and transmit health information.
While some people claim to be immune to stress, it is a normative condition. Without it, humans would not thrive or succeed in life. Dr Craig Nossel, Head of Vitality Wellness: The Sunday Times, 25 June 2017
As we wake up on Father’s Day hoping for another pair of cool socks and a #1Dad mug, it is probably a good time for us dads to reflect on how we have done in raising our kids. Dr Craig Nossel, Head of Vitality Wellness: The Sunday Times, 18 June 2017
Be there to enjoy all the highs, knowing that you’re as prepared as possible for this new season... Read on for some useful information about how to support your partner and navigate those early days.
With 17 confirmed measles cases, the Department of Health has announced an emergency campaign to address the outbreak. Read why they’re rolling out vaccines to kids, and what you should do about it.