When serious diseases such as cancer and heart disease, or health risks that could lead to a person having a stroke are detected early, treatment can start sooner. Treatment that is started in the early stages of disease is more likely to succeed and the person’s chances of being cured are higher.
Screening tests are quick and simple, but important tests you can do to find out if you have any serious health risks or conditions that need further investigation.
Visit a Discovery Store or Wellness Network pharmacy during the festive season
Screening tests don’t take long, but even so, we know how difficult it is in today’s busy life to find the time to have them done. That is why we thought we’d remind you now that the holidays are approaching. Use this time as an opportunity to take a day and get to a Discovery Store or Wellness Network pharmacy near you and get yourself and your family tested before the year is over.
If you’re travelling, remember we have Discovery Stores in Sea Point and Stellenbosch in the Western Cape; in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal; and in Menlyn, Pretoria. Wellness Network pharmacies that offer the tests are located across the country.
You don’t have to pay for screening and prevention tests
As a Discovery Health Medical Scheme member, you can have screening and prevention tests done without using your day-to-day benefits. The Scheme will pay for certain tests as long as you use one of our wellness network providers.
We pay for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, body mass index (BMI) and prostate screening (PSA) tests once a year. We cover a mammogram every two years and a Pap smear every three years. For children, we pay for growth assessment tests to measure height, weight and head circumference, and track health and development milestones.