COVID-19 support and cover

Private, primary healthcare and COVID-19 support for patients, with Discovery Primary Care

During COVID-19, access to primary healthcare has become critical. Discovery Primary Care offers private, primary healthcare for those  who do not have access to medical scheme benefits. Discovery Primary Care includes cover for private primary healthcare, emergency medical services, treatment for chronic conditions, specialist consultations, wellness programmes and screening as well as cover during COVID-19.

Watch this video that summarises the Primary Care benefits:

Discovery Primary Care WHO Global Outbreak Benefit

The World Health Organization (WHO) Outbreak Benefit is a new benefit that specifically offers cover for outbreaks the WHO declares. At the moment, this benefit offers cover for COVID-19. The benefit is available to Discovery Primary Care members who test positive for SARS-CoV-2.

What we cover for COVID-19?

Discovery Primary Care members only have cover for COVID-19 if a test confirms the presence of SARS-CoV-2. They must visit Discovery Primary Care providers to get cover for:

  • Diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2
  • Diagnostic testing for influenza
  • Basic chest X-rays
  • Visits to healthcare professionals like GPs
  • Treatment for symptoms and medicine on the Primary Care medicine list
  • Personal protection items.

Discovery Primary Care members do not have cover for hospital treatment. If they need to be hospitalised, they have to visit a state facility.

Download the benefit brochure

Free COVID-19 online doctor consultations for South Africans

Discovery and Vodacom have partnered to deliver a simple but powerful online healthcare platform to benefit all South Africans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The service allows South Africans who are worried that they have symptoms of COVID-19 to screen their symptoms. If they’re at risk, they can consult a doctor for free.

They can visit the Discovery COVID-19 information hub and click on Free COVID-19 Online Doctor Consultations for all South Africans. The screening is online, but they can make an appointment to speak to a doctor using video, voice or text.

Discovery Primary Care is not a medical scheme. The cover is not the same as that of a medical scheme and is not 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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