Say hello to Discovery Prepaid Health: Now everyone in SA can buy vouchers for highly affordable, quality, private primary healthcare


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.

“Our vision is to make buying prepaid vouchers towards top-class, private healthcare as common as buying prepaid airtime for our mobile phones,” says CEO of Discovery Health, Dr Ryan Noach.

Discovery Prepaid Health is a brilliant new vouchering solution accessed through the easy-to-use Discovery Prepaid Health web-based app or WhatsApp on 0800 33 78 46. Now, any person living in South Africa can buy vouchers towards private primary healthcare services of the highest quality, at highly competitive rates and redeem them at trusted healthcare providers across the country.

  • You don’t need to belong to a medical aid to use Discovery Prepaid Health.
  • The platform is open to any person living in South Africa.

R300 GP + meds voucher

The first offering within the Discovery Prepaid Health range of private primary healthcare products is the R300 GP doctor consultation voucher, including the medicines dispensed by the doctor after the consultation. This voucher can be easily redeemed at any dispensing General Practitioner within the Discovery Prepaid Health network.

  • COMING SOON: Members can within 60 seconds, buy a voucher and share the voucher link with anybody else. A parent might buy for a student away from home; a sibling may buy for a loved one some distance away, an employer for an employee and so on.

Giving people who aren’t members of medical schemes access to quality, affordable, private primary healthcare

“Discovery Health is committed to our core purpose of making people healthier and enhancing and protecting their lives. What this means, day to day, is that we put significant energy into proactively understanding society’s healthcare needs and driving innovation around new ways of accessing private healthcare for as many South Africans as possible.” says Dr Noach.

“Over time we have built strong private healthcare networks and a deep understanding of the healthcare system. Leveraging our data analytics capabilities, we have been able to identify the intersection of optimal, quality healthcare and affordability, ideal for the currently uninsured market. We have carefully selected the healthcare professionals who are pioneering the Discovery Prepaid Health offering with us, and we’re excited that every person in our country will have the opportunity consult with them.”

How to access Discovery Prepaid Health – a seamless digital journey

Discovery Prepaid Health is accessed by registering a user’s profile via or on WhatsApp on 0800 33 78 46. Discovery clients can also access a link to these platforms though the Discovery app.

Once registered, users can Buy, then Load and then Redeem prepaid healthcare, in a simple user-friendly process.

  1. Buy:
    1. A Blu voucher or 1ForYou voucher with cash in-store, at one of 350 000 retail outlets; or
    2. A voucher through the Discovery Prepaid Health web-based app using a debit or credit card, or using your Miles on the Vitality Active Rewards mall.
  2. Load the voucher to their Prepaid Health balance using WhatsApp or the Prepaid Health platform on
  3. Redeem Use their Discovery Prepaid Health balance for any service available on the Discovery Prepaid platform. e.g. a GP + meds voucher

Once you’ve registered for Discovery Prepaid Health you can also easily:

  • Find GPs who are located near you
  • View and top up your Discovery Prepaid Health balance at any time - as needed, or when you have funds available that you want to allocate to future healthcare needs.

What else do I need to know?

  1. You don’t need a smartphone to access Discovery Prepaid Health. You simply need a cell-phone which is compatible with WhatsApp and/or has web browsing capabilities, a laptop or computer.
  2. The platform can be accessed by anyone of any age living in South Africa, but minors should be accompanied by an adult when receiving healthcare.

Look out for more healthcare services available in 2021

In 2021 more healthcare services will become available on the Discovery Prepaid Health Platform. You can use your Discovery Prepaid Health balance for any service available on the Discovery Prepaid platform.

Here is a list of current and future services available:

  1. R300 GP + meds
  2. Pharmacy pack – coming soon
  3. Pharmacy clinic + meds - coming soon
  4. Online GP + meds – coming soon

Here’s a quick reminder of all the benefits of Discovery Prepaid Health

Now anyone can access affordable healthcare with Discovery Prepaid Health, where anyone can:

  1. Access to high-quality, private, primary healthcare for every person in South Africa at highly competitive rates
  2. Top-up your balance online or in-store through our large network of retailers
  3. Reserve available funds in your wallet for future use
  4. Receive regular health and wellbeing articles, tips and other information.

Dr Noach adds: “We remain committed to ensuring that as many people as possible in South Africa have access to affordable, high-quality, primary healthcare, now and into the future.”

Find out more or view our FAQs for more information.

Discovery Prepaid Health 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 Prepaid Health is administered by Discovery Health (Proprietary) Limited, registration number 1997/013480/07, an authorised financial services provider. Terms, conditions and limits apply.

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