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Mental health conditions are common. They affect more than one billion people globally. This Mental Health Awareness Week is from Monday 9 May to Sunday, 15 May. We want you to know that screening for mental health conditions can help with the early diagnosis of a mental health condition and getting the right treatment.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is known as a 'silent killer' because there usually aren't visible symptoms to warn that blood pressure is high. But on this World Hypertension Day, we're sharing the good news: hypertension is relatively easy to control once diagnosed, which is why it's important to go for a simple screening test at least once a year.
Toni Cowen experienced undiagnosed postpartum anxiety after the birth of her first son. By the time her second son was born, she was seeing a psychologist who recognised the signs of postpartum depression. Toni speaks out about maternal mental health so that other mothers know they aren't alone.
When 38-year-old Nikash Bagirathi had an elevated blood-pressure reading at his Vitality Health Check, he proactively hired a device to monitor his blood pressure 24 hours a day to see exactly what was going on. He took the results to his doctor and was diagnosed with hypertension.
We're all becoming more empowered when it comes to their own health. So, it's common for us to use go online to search for information and advice on health-related symptoms, medical conditions and procedures.
For Reona Naidoo, the Hospital at Home programme has made getting sick regularly (post a surgery in 2019) more bearable. She now has access to 24/7 treatment and monitoring, giving her peace of mind about her health - and also about avoiding separation from her two children for days on end.
How well do you know your health numbers? When last did you do your cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure or HIV tests? And what about cancer screenings and other such checks? They are the easiest way to catch potentially serious diseases early and deal with them as soon as possible for better outcomes.
African Vaccination Week (the last week in April each year) highlights that it is every person's right to be protected from disease. With flu season fast approaching, Discovery Health encourages the public to get vaccinated against this and other potentially serious diseases.
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.
When last did you have your regular cancer screening checks done? If you missed these over the past two years, or before that, now's the time to get back on track. Keeping up with them is the only way to catch cancer early on and give ourselves a chance at the best possible outcomes.
As we head into the 2022 flu season, getting a flu shot is really important to protect ourselves and our loved ones from flu-related infections and complications. This is true even for the fittest and healthiest among us.
Randi and Adele went through the emotionally and financially draining experience of four failed attempts at a pregnancy. They'd given up the hope that they would have a child of their own. Then they heard about the Assisted Reproductive Therapy Benefit from Discovery Health Medical Scheme.
Jayson and Denise Moodley tested positive for COVID-19 in early 2022. Their biggest concern was for their little girl Gabriella (5) who has asthma. She also tested positive for the illness. They never expected they'd get all the support needed online through Discovery's platforms. They encourage us all to get tech savvy.
Are you living with diabetes, heart disease or long COVID? Want to connect with others who are sharing the same experience by accessing an online community, for support, and relevant insights? Say hello to three new online patient communities, made accessible through Discovery Health and myHealthTeams, created with you and your best health in mind.
"Value-based care is about providing access to high-quality affordable healthcare for medical scheme members", says Dr Noluthando Nematswerani, Head of the Centre for Clinical Excellence at Discovery Health. "Our range of exciting value-based care programmes aim to achieve this."
World Cancer Day is on 4 February 2022, and along with raising awareness about cancer, it also gives us the perfect opportunity to find out why this critical health and human issue matters.
Dr Hemant Makan is dedicated to treating his patients who live with diabetes personally and comprehensively, and he gets impressive results. How? He really spends time getting to know each patient, and he is supported by the Discovery Health Medical Scheme's Diabetes Care Programme.
It took sheer guts and 100% commitment from the Van der Merwe family to negotiate the decade-long, very tough physical, emotional and logistical journey back to health for kidney-transplant recipient, Tevin, now 24.
Healthcare professionals are gratefully viewed by most South Africans as the heroes in the battle against COVID-19 and it's alarming and devastating variant-driven surges. Yet the backroom scientists and clinician-researchers who actually enabled them to save so many lives often go unmentioned.
The double jeopardy of HIV/AIDS and COVID-19 is putting many lives at risk in South Africa and across the globe. Ahead of World AIDS Day 2021, calls are being made to address societal inequalities and increase the uptake of the COVID-19 vaccination.
General practitioner Dr Unben Pillay says the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a dramatic drop in the number of people being screened for HIV and accessing HIV treatment, and we must reverse this trend. He also strongly encourages people who live with HIV to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Whether you're home or away, we make it easy for you to check in on your benefits and manage your healthcare. With the Discovery app and Ask Discovery on WhatsApp, all your medical aid information is only a few taps away.
World Diabetes Day is on 14 November 2021, and we want you to check your health. If not now, when? There's no better time than now to go check your annual health screening with a healthcare professional.
While regular screening can't prevent cancer, it can help pick up cancer early and when its still easier to treat.. Finding any changes early can save your life.
Sunday, 10 October marks global Mental Health Awareness Day. Sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), it is a yearly campaign to raise awareness of mental health as a whole, to respond to mental distress and mental illness, and to support mental wellbeing.
For Jessica and Jonathan Roberts, having a firstborn with Down syndrome has profoundly enhanced their world, bringing grit, resilience, and great joy to their lives. It's been a tough six years, with hard decisions and juggling fulltime jobs with caring for Luke and his two younger siblings. Yet the couple wouldn't have it any other way.
Mark Lockwood runs the Centre for Healing and Transformation in Plettenberg Bay, which he founded in 2012. Surviving stage 3 colorectal cancer in 2019 and COVID-19 in 2020 has renewed his passion for helping others through anxiety, depression and trauma.
Each doctor you see knows a small piece of your health history. To get the best care so you can be in your best possible health, you should have one doctor who coordinates your care. This person is your primary care General Practitioner or "GP".
When driving home along the N1 in Johannesburg on Friday, 4 December 2020, Imraan experienced what had first felt like "a crampy, windy feeling in my gut" suddenly turn to "incredible pain and discomfort across my entire body". Little did he know at the time that he was experiencing signs of a pending, serious heart attack.
Every year on 29 September, we celebrate World Heart Day. This is a global initiative by the World Heart Federation to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and of the importance of living a healthy lifestyle to keep your heart strong. This World Heart Day, will you make a promise to yourself to take care of your heart?
Dr Craig Howes began his educational journey as a classically trained pianist and singer. Simultaneously, he studied medicine and graduated in 2013 from the University of Cape Town. Like many, coming from a medical family is a strong motivator for beginning this career.
In September we mark Cervical Cancer Awareness Month to raise awareness and encourage women to screen for cervical cancer (with an HPV test or a Pap smear). The goal of screening for cervical cancer is to find changes in the cervix cells and detect cervical cancers early, before they cause symptoms.
Your kidneys are vital to your survival as they filter toxins and produce important chemicals in your body. Unfortunately, kidney disease often goes undetected (nine out of 10 people with kidney disease don't know they have it). This is because many people whose kidneys do not work properly, do not develop symptoms until their kidneys are close to failing.
There is no cure for Hurler syndrome. This rare genetic disorder can result in children dying before they turn 10. It's therefore the greatest cause for celebration that, in August 2021, Kylie Victor celebrates her 13th birthday - and 7 years of successfully managing this syndrome.
People who have diabetes are at risk of getting diabetic retinopathy. By regularly checking our eyes for the early warning signs of this condition, we can prevent losing our sight down the line.
August is Women's Month and this year's theme is women's rights. One of these rights is to have control of your own health and body. We look at some of the screening tests women need and why.
On 13 May 2021, Mackenzie "Mighty Mack" Friedman was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). The four-month-old needed urgent treatment and a bone marrow transplant, which she had in early January 2022. 100 days after the transplant, Mackenzie was declared cancer free.
Princess Nakedi was so excited about 2020 and had been carefully planning her big 50th birthday bash a year in advance. But the universe obviously had other ideas because a month before lockdown, she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer.
South Africa's third wave of infection has hospitals (emergency rooms, ICUs, staff and resources) stretched to capacity. We must ensure hospitals are able to help people who have severe COVID illness. That's why people who have mild COVID-19 must chat to their GP for guidance, before going to hospital for treatment.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 10 to 20% of adolescents globally experience mental health conditions, yet these remain underdiagnosed and undertreated. Since early mental illness diagnosis means a better prognosis, here's how to help your child.
Mental health disorders in children are defined as disruptions or delays in developing age appropriate thinking, emotional regulation, behaviours and social skills that impact their functioning at home, school and socially. And they're rapidly increasing.
The internet has opened up a magical world, gifting us with literally everything we need at the touch of our fingers. However, it's also an extremely dangerous place, especially for vulnerable children and teens. Here's how to keep them safe.
Adolescence is both a time of profound human potential and of acute vulnerability. That's because adolescence is a time of dynamic brain development that sets the scene for adult wellbeing. It is also the peak age of onset of most mental health problems, again with massive implications for an individual and for future generations
At Discovery, we are doing all we can support you through your COVID-19 vaccination experience. That's why we've designed a user-friendly digital portal to support you through each step of registering for and having your COVID-19 vaccination - and more.
This July is Mental Illness Awareness Month. As the theme suggests, the month is about creating awareness around mental wellness to help save lives and break the stigma around mental illness.
On 24 August 2014, five months after her wedding, Kerry-lee Brandt was performing a well-rehearsed trapeze sequence at Sun City when the rigging broke. The 28-year-old aerial acrobat plunged headfirst into the ground. Her life would never be the same.
Technology has allowed us to access our basic goods and services while decreasing our risk of contracting COVID-19. Now, this has extended to online medical services.
This article tells you about the scheme contribution increase that was frozen for half of 2021, and what to expect from July 2021 - including plan upgrades.
Self-care means taking care of your body and mind proactively. This year, to be better prepared for the chilly season, here's a list of ways to make this winter healthier.
The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced us to a new way of life and we have had to adapt to a "new normal". From the way people work, study and shop, to how we interact with others, technology has provided a way for us to still access the goods and services we need in our daily lives. Now, online doctor consultation allows people to access healthcare services while decreasing their risk of contracting COVID-19.
Nurses have taken a leading role during the COVID-19 pandemic, working on the frontline and advocating for their patients' needs. They have compromised their own safety, and have sacrificed time with their own family and friends to take care of us all.
For many of us, having an online consultation with a doctor is a new experience. As you might not know what to expect, here we give you more information about online consultations, how they work and how you can get the most out of the experience
2020 and 2021 will be remembered as the years in which the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the world. However, they will also be remembered as the years in which the pandemic drove a massive uptake in new, innovative, safe, affordable, digitally powered ways of accessing healthcare. This includes massive growth in the use of telemedicine and online doctor consultations.
Healthcare professionals provide credible insights into COVID-19 for patients worldwide. With Phase 2 of our national vaccine-rollout programme approaching, many patients will need guidance from trusted doctors on the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.
Introducing the Discovery Doctor Resilience Suite, a free, exclusive range of resources and products designed to protect you, the person behind the professional. Plus, all doctors can get rewarded for getting active at no cost through Vitality Active Rewards for Doctors.
Dr Phillip Matley describes how collaboratively we can lead the transition towards improving value for patients which means improving the outcomes that matter to patients.
Over the past year, healthcare professionals have been called upon to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and transform their business models towards digital healthcare. There's been a surge in the use of technologies and devices, such as TytoHome, to meet a growing demand for online consultations.
There are concerns that a third wave of COVID-19 infections will hit the country after the April break, which means it would likely coincide with the start of the flu season. Where does having our yearly flu vaccination fit into this all? Can we have a flu vaccination and a COVID-19 vaccination?
What is World Health Day all about? And, what can you do to get involved in this campaign on 7 April and raise awareness of this year's powerful theme: "Building a fairer, healthier world"? Add your voice to the call to make every day a reminder of the bigger picture - how important access to healthcare is to us all.
Whilst our healthcare professional hero's navigate the double threats of COVID 19 and mass economic downturns, they are now also called upon to innovate - to fundamentally transform their business models, not only to be better prepared for future epidemics and challenges, but also to master and adapt to the massive digital transformation rocking the healthcare industry.
We celebrate World Kidney Day on 11 March and this year's theme is "Living well with kidney disease". The goal is to highlight kidney health for everyone, everywhere. If you or a close family member or friend is diagnosed with kidney disease, it can be a challenge for both the patient and those around them. It's important that we understand more about kidney disease and how we can support those who are managing a chronic kidney condition.
Doctor Chone Cannon had just graduated when she was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome (damage to the kidneys). With a treatment plan in place and a determination to take control of her life, she looked to the future. Her secret? A focus on physical and mental wellbeing - and a triathlon or three!
Birth defects are physical abnormalities or health problems that start while a baby is developing inside its mother's body. Also known as congenital disorders, birth defects can occur at any stage of pregnancy and are caused by a host of factors. Here we cover common areas of concern around birth defects.
We give you amazing digital benefits with access to top-class healthcare that's first of its kind in SA - like the Cleveland second-opinion service. You can get fast, easy access to a second opinion about your condition and treatment from internationally recognised experts.
Discovery Health Medical Scheme has launched an exciting new benefit to support members affected by infertility. The all new Assisted Reproductive Therapy Benefit brings much needed support to couples struggling to conceive.
Hannah Middleton is one of the bravest little girls you could hope to meet. While she was in her mother's womb, detached amniotic bands caused amputation of her right lower leg and two fingers on her right hand. Yet, she's achieving all her milestones and more!
"The Diabetes Care Programme is of great benefit," explains Dr Joffe. "Patients on the programme are engaged in their care, and know they have to come in for a certain number of visits which are funded in full. People are price-sensitive, particularly through the economic decline we saw in 2020. The fact that access to the Diabetes Care Programme is funded through risk benefits - so does not impact members' savings - goes a long way to encouraging their adherence to the programme's timetable. In this way I can keep good tabs on them too."
From 1 January 2021, members who are registered for type 1 diabetes on the Chronic Illness Benefit have cover for continuous glucose monitoring according to their health plan's benefits (not available on KeyCare plans).
It's the holiday season and after this year, you deserve a break! Find out how you can #UseYourTech to manage your healthcare and stay safe this festive season.
Discovery Prepaid Health lets anyone in South Africa buy vouchers for the private, primary healthcare services that matter most. Enjoy a new world of affordable, high-quality healthcare that anyone can access.
Sameshni Moodley is a healthy-living ambassador for people living with HIV, or in fact, any virus. She hasn't let lockdown stop her from staying fit and healthy to manage her condition.
COVID-19 has been making global headlines all year. While about 770 000 South Africans tested positive for the new disease by end November 2020, an estimated 7.7 million South Africans live with HIV, a virus we've know about for a while.
Travelling by airplane or public transport this December? Staying at a hotel or self-catering venue? Shopping for gifts? No matter how you're spending your time over the holidays, it's important to adhere to the preventive measures that limit your exposure to COVID-19 and keep you and others safe.
With a holiday period soon approaching it's understandable that we are all looking forward to catching up with our loved ones and relaxing. However, we are still in the midst of a global pandemic. Here's how to see loved ones as safely as possible in this context.
We're reaching the end of a challenging year. Exhausted people all over South Africa are looking forward to well-earned time out, either at home or at a holiday destination. What does it mean to holiday and travel safely in the time of a global pandemic?
Get access to a remotely guided doctor visit anywhere, anytime with the TytoHome device. The TytoHome medical device is changing lives by making virtual medical care more accurate and accessible than ever.
2020 has been marked by a disruption of norms, a move towards digital and a focus on accessibility. In response, Discovery Health and Discovery Health Medical Scheme have invested in a patient-centric digital healthcare ecosystem to enhance the quality of healthcare for members. Here's how.
Around 30% of Dr Noorbhai's patients have diabetes and hypertension. The Discovery Health Diabetes Care Programme has proven invaluable in helping him make sure their conditions are well managed - also highly significant in reducing their risk for severe illness from COVID 19.
Joining and participating in Discovery's Diabetes Care Programme has helped Neil Packery to go from needing between 35 and 40 units of insulin a day to needing only 10 to 15 units a day to achieve healthy blood sugar levels. For someone who has lived with poorly controlled diabetes since age 22, this has given a significant boost to his health.
37-year-old Rakesh Mithal was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in January 2020. He has since made every effort to live more healthily and prevent the progress of the disease. Joining the Discovery Health Diabetes Care Programme has ensured he and his doctor work in partnership to manage his condition.
Merlin Naidoo has been a Discovery Health Medical Scheme member for the past nine years. All was going well until 2014, when he learned that he had developed a chronic condition: type 2 diabetes.
Half of people living with diabetes don't know they have it. We know that more than 4.5 million adult South Africans have diabetes. 14 November is World Diabetes Day, now is the time to know your blood sugar. And if you have diabetes, we have the enhanced support and benefits to help you.
Thinking about the future can be intimidating for many, and now more than ever, thanks to the ever-present threat of COVID-19. When planning for the future, mental health should be a priority. Try this mental health toolkit for starters.
While COVID 19 continues to dominate the headlines, it's as important as ever to take care of yourself and your chronic conditions. Here are four ways and some online tools to help keep you as healthy as possible.
Experiencing excess stress and uncertainty can lead to us developing symptoms of mental illness. When these symptoms persist, and they begin to affect our functioning, we may require support to regain our mental wellbeing.
When Alison Tucker was diagnosed with breast cancer she made the conscious decision to handle the ensuing uncertainty with as much positive thought and action as possible. Here she shares the key practices that reinforced her sanity throughout her cancer treatment.
When Alison Tucker was diagnosed with breast cancer she made the conscious decision to handle the ensuing uncertainty with as much positive thought and action as possible. Alison not only achieved this ideal but also managed to capture her mindset in her new book.
Want to understand how gender-based violence affects a person? Azania mosaka interviews Mara Glennie who started the tears foundation as well as service executive at Discovery Health Raffaella Ruttell about support for people who experience gender based violence.
Azania Mosaka's interview with attorney Lindsay Henson (from Lawyers against Abuse) and trauma counsellor Lana Snoyman explores the rights, support and legal remedies available to survivors of gender-based violence. #DiscoverYourVoice and be empowered today.
Azania Mosaka chats to Sasha-Lee Olivier, our dynamic and passionate reigning Miss South Africa. As a survivor of sexual abuse, she is driving the #ItsNotYourFault initiative to overcome the fear that prevents survivors of gender based violence from speaking out.
Azania Mosaka recently spoke to two women at Discovery who challenge the status quo every day. Not only are they at the forefront of building innovative digital healthcare solutions, but they are also role models for future generations of women.
A 57-year-old diagnosed with diabetes from Port Elizabeth recalls having no gusto before the Diabetes Care Programme came to his aid.
The past few months have shown how important digital tools are for working from home, ordering items online and even staying healthy while staying home. Discovery Health keeps enhancing our digital tools, including MedXpress.
If you have diabetes, you have to keep measuring your blood sugar and taking your medicine. The Chronic Illness Benefit helps with the basics, but Diabetes Care gives you and your Premier Plus GP access to more tools and benefits to give you the best support and health outcomes.
Violent crime has increased since nationwide COVID-19 alert level 3 took effect on 1 June. Cases of abuse of women and children have also increased dramatically. How is the #DiscoverYourVoice initiative bringing support to medical scheme members who experience gender-based violence and other traumatic crime?
Be proactive about your wellbeing by completing the new Health Check 65+ screening available to Discovery Health Medical Scheme members. The Health Check 65+ is an enhanced set of screening tests aimed at providing insights into unique health risks specific to older adults.
Digital tools allow you to visit your doctor online using DrConnect. Or, if you have basic questions about your membership, you can now Ask Discovery on WhatsApp.
Prescribed Minimum Benefits mean that you always have cover for certain conditions, even if you reach your benefit limits or the funds in your Medical Savings Account run out. Find out all you need to know about being the prescribed minimum benefit conditions on our list and how to get covered.
"Prosperity, dedication, motivation" - this is Laetitia's mantra. She's faced over a decade of depression and bipolar disorder, but being intentional about her physical health and mental wellbeing helps her stay balanced. This is her story.
For Discovery Home Care professional nurse Lexi Johnson, her patients' comfort and ease come first. A natural caregiver and mother of two, Sister Lexi is a firm favourite among her patients.
Discovery Home Care professional nurse Drikie Richardson draws from her personal experience of surviving breast cancer to help her patients, give them hope and inspire them to get better - making her a firm favourite among her patients in Cape Town.
In late 2018, Volker Kirstein had surgery on his foot. The procedure left the 78-year-old with a wound that needed ongoing medical care. Thanks to Discovery Home Care, there was no need for him to remain in hospital for treatment.
For new mom Kirshleigh Young, caring for baby Eli at home two days after his C-section birth was tough. Fortunately, Discovery Home Care nurse Barbara le Grange was there to make sure that mom and baby received all the support they needed - in the comfort of their own home.
For three years, Eugene van Dyk had to stay in hospital overnight every four weeks to receive life-saving medicine. He found these unavoidable admissions stressful and depressing. Then, Discovery Home Care offered him the same care, but at home.
A mother and son are both diagnosed with a rare disease - his, a severe form. They face years of hospital admissions every two weeks for life-saving infusions to treat the disease. Discovery Home Care brings this treatment to the comfort of their home.
Successful entrepreneur Cecil Nel balances business commitments and family life despite a chronic immune disorder that requires a full day's treatment every three weeks. Thanks to Discovery Home Care, Cecil's ongoing hospital admissions are now a thing of the past.
She is dynamic, courageous and inspiring! At only 16-years old, Kaelyn Smit has lived through kidney failure, months of dialysis and a hugely successfully kidney transplant. No wonder she hopes to become a paediatric nephrologist.
Discovery recently received a heartfelt letter from Edith Canhola, a 60-year-old project coordinator from Table View in the Cape. In it, she thanks Discovery Home Care for sending professional nurses Sister Lexi Johnson and Sister Drikie Robertson into her life.
Dr Nazeem Ismail, Undersecretary to the National Assembly in Parliament, has been wheelchair-bound for 20 years. He recently started using the Discovery Home Care benefit to treat an infection and says it has made a massive difference in his life.
Discovery Home Care has ended years of highly stressful, disruptive, regular hospital admissions for Manie Kleynhans. Now, he receives the intravenous medicine he needs, every six weeks for the foreseeable future, while he relaxes in his lounge
As toddlers, we learnt to wash our hands. But, did we ever master the skill to the extent that is needed to wash pathogens off our hands, and save lives? Multiple studies show people don't wash their hands at the right times, in the right way or for the right amount of time. We contaminate the things and people we touch with the germs we carry on our hands.
No country is immune to the spread of the Novel Coronavirus - officially named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO). The outbreak has reached pandemic proportions and been declared a global public health emergency.
Dr Kershinee Reddy has received a Discovery Foundation Sub-Specialist Award to study Paediatric Oncology at Stellenbosch University. She's determined to return to KwaZulu-Natal after her training to help children fight cancer.
Welcome to your new, personal health goals and rewards, will soon be available on the Discovery app. Your health insights are about to get more personal - and rewarding!
In recent days, the prevalence of gender-based violence (GBV) has, once again, ignited outrage against what many have dubbed a "war on women" (and children).
In today's tech-savvy world you want your medical aid to keep up with technology, your schedule, and how you prefer to do things. We've enhanced what our website and app can do for you for fast, convenient service, whenever and wherever you need it.
The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has caused an outbreak of fatal respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. This is a completely new strain with no vaccines available. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
This National Diabetes Month, we spoke to endocrinologist and specialist diabetologist Dr Joanna Skelton about the myths around diabetes, how patients can gain control of the condition, and the importance of making good lifestyle choices.
New mom Misha Levin has taken the ultimate step in securing her children's future health by collecting and banking their stem cells at birth through Netcells. She explains what stem cell banking is, why she decided to do it and how the process works.
Much debate has taken place around the proposed National Health Insurance Bill (NHI). Discovery's overall position on NHI is unequivocal. We would like to provide some additional information to answer any questions you may have.
The answer, simply, is yes. But it's by no means a simple answer: it takes connections, collaboration and the kind of cost-savings only made possible through scale. That's where Discovery's 'shared value ecosystem' comes in...
Discovery Health CEO Dr Jonathan Broomberg lifts the curtain on the evolutionary thinking that led to 'shared value' in healthcare, an ecosystem-like approach that helps to build healthier people, better healthcare at lower costs and social benefits on a broader scale.
Discovery's concept of 'shared value' builds a healthcare ecosystem with you, the individual, at its centre. Just as it helps you get healthier, it rewards doctors, hospitals and the healthcare system as a whole for giving care that improves health, making the system function better. Here's how...
Discovery's shared value approach uses lessons from the animal kingdom to build a 'healthcare ecosystem' that's improving people's health AND how the health system works.
Dr Lindy Dickson-Hall, a Capetonian mother of three, doctor and University of Cape Town medical microbiology TB researcher, is now 10 years into remission after being diagnosed with stage IV (advanced) colorectal cancer shortly after completing medical school.
Sixteen-year-old Jenna Schubach was diagnosed with stage-three endometriosis when she was only 14 years old. Today, the brave high school student is determined to make a difference in the world by raising awareness about her condition.
Technology has created many benefits for our lifestyle. Life is easier; you have choices that are best suited for you; and you save costs and valuable time. These benefits of technology are now also changing how we manage our healthcare journey at our fingertips.
Today's tech-savvy patient wants quick and seamless access to the right doctors, pharmacies or hospitals for their needs. What better way to find the right provider within minutes than through the slick and enhanced Find a doctor tool on your Discovery app?
When 73-year-old insurance financial adviser Dale Cavell-Clarke was shot during a hijacking in 2017, he spent a month in ICU and two more months in hospital. His medical scheme cover went a long way in aiding his recovery from this traumatic event.
For anxious first-time mother, Dudu Njapha, having a breastfeeding expert on hand was like manna from heaven when Lisu, her one-day-old son, struggled to latch. Dudu was determined to give her baby the full health benefits of breastfeeding.
One of the most magical moments in 27-year-old Chantelle Van Wyk's life took place on 25 January 2017, when her son, Jonathan, was born. Chantelle has cystic fibrosis, making a successful pregnancy a major undertaking.
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.
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.
There's a lot the world can learn from a medical team working in small-town KwaZulu-Natal, and treating diabetes through innovation and collaboration.
Louise Steyn, 67, underwent a life-changing hip replacement in November 2017, after two years of constant pain and a fruitless search for relief.
Haidee Olivier lived most of her adult life unaware she couldn't hear properly. When her son Tiaan was born with only one ear, his audiologist diagnosed them both with Microtia and Atresia. With their hearing restored, life has infinite potential
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.
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.
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.
Wade Schaerer (30) dived head-first into HIV advocacy after he was diagnosed positive in 2017. He fights for the rights of other HIV-positive people and encourages them to stay on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment so that they can live long, healthy lives.
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.
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!
This World Aids Day is a good time to think about the steps we can take to stop the spread of sexually transmitted infections, specifically HIV. No matter your HIV status, it's important that you 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 1.5 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.
Discovery Vitality member Gavin Cowden shares his remarkable journey from overweight pre-diabetic to South African Para-Cycling Champion
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.