Subjects: Health Care, Health Service
Discovery Health, South Africa’s largest private health insurance administrator, releases at-scale, real-world analysis of Omicron outbreak based on 211 000 COVID-19 test results in South Africa, including collaboration with the South Africa
Johannesburg, 14 December 2021
Vaccine effectiveness: o The two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination provides 70% protection against severe complications of COVID-19 requiring hospitalisation, and 33% protection against COVID-19 infection, during the current Omicron wave. Reinfection risk: For individuals who have had COVID-19 previously, the risk of reinfection with Omicron is
Discovery highlights significant progress in implementation of mandatory vaccination policy
On 3 September 2021, Discovery announced its mandatory vaccination policy for South Africa-based employees Staff vaccination rates have climbed from 22% at start of September to 94% by 30 November Across all main categories, including sex, age and seniority, more than 90% of staff are vaccinated Vaccination rates projected to reach levels greater than 97% before the peak of fourth wave, in ear
Discovery Health simplifies access to screening for diabetic retinopathy and introduces cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence-driven technology to the process
Discovery Health launches new Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Benefit, enhanced by a cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence system and designed to detect the onset of diabetic retinopathy as early as possible.
AI technology heralds a new era for eye screening, which is fundamental to nipping diabetic retinopathy in the bud
People who live with diabetes (whether type 1 or 2) are at heightened
Tribute to South Africa’s healthcare professionals: Discovery Health releases moving nine-episode video docu-series
Discovery Health launches nine-episode video Doctor Appreciation docu-series
Each episode of this nine-part, documentary-style series tells a South African healthcare professional’s story and shares behind-the-scenes, real-life accounts from the COVID-19 frontline.
Johannesburg, 12 November 2021: South Africa’s healthcare professionals have worked at the COVID-19 coalface for the past 18 mont
Discovery Health shares unequivocal data on protective effects of COVID 19 vaccination and low risk of vaccine-related adverse events
You can view the briefing in the below on this link: Meeting Recording: https://dsycloud.zoom.us/rec/share/73lx5mMbd4lt-Dka5GsMpuEYTwiJbasOTKwmU1W1SE39oywS5niCYJ820larZlIg.TF771j0Xm9i1Z_G3 Access Passcode: 3azevr.9
Over R2bn in Group Risk claims paid out by Discovery
Johannesburg, 29 October 2021 – In a claims experience analysis, Discovery Group Risk today reported claim payouts to the value of R2.10 billion in the year to June 2021, which reflects a 42% increase compared to the previous year. The company offers group risk benefits that include life cover, global cover for the education of employees' children, severe illness cover, lump-sum and monthly disabi
Discovery Life claims data demonstrates the significant value of comprehensive life insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic
Discovery Life released its annual claims data insights today, illustrating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on life insurers Total claims paid out to clients in 2020 amounted to R4.7 billion, COVID-19 related pay-outs are expected to reach R6.2 billion across Individual Life and Group Risk claims by the end of the 2022 financial year COVID-19 has overtaken heart disease and cancer as the le
Discovery Business Insurance innovates to address the growing threat posed by Cyber Crime
Johannesburg, 26 October 2021 – As the world recognises October as Cyber Security Awareness month Discovery Business Insurance is highlighting the critical need for businesses to ensure that they are appropriately covered to mitigate against the risk of cyber crime, which has become one of the biggest risks facing businesses today.
Now in its 18th year, Cyber Security Awareness Month, whi
Will COVID-19’s impact on cancer screening mean people are diagnosed with more advanced cancers?
Will COVID-19’s impact on cancer screening mean people are diagnosed with more advanced cancers?
1 in 28 South African women at risk of breast cancer
Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been a decline in people sticking to routine and scheduled cancer screening checks - like mammograms for breast cancer, pap smears for cervical cancer, PSA blood tests and examinations for pro
Pioneering Algorithm Calculates The Number Of Years Individuals Can Expect To Live In Good Health
Research shows that the number of years people are spending in ill health is increasing, primarily due to the rising prevalence of chronic diseases, driven by unhealthy lifestyles Experts call for focus on healthspan, the quality of life, alongside lifespan, the quantity of life, citing significant economic and social benefits Pioneering algorithm by Vitality, in collaboration with RAND Europe,
Discovery announces the latest business innovations within the Discovery Health portfolio
Johannesburg, 1 October 2021: Discovery announced the latest business innovations within the Discovery Health portfolio, at its its annual product-update event with financial advisers on 30 September 2021.
“The golden thread running through the various elements we shared with the financial adviser community and media today, was our focus on personalisation of healthcare through digitally-powere
Discovery Health Medical Scheme announces a second year of deferred contribution increases
30 September 2021 - Today Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS) announced that it would again the delay the implementation of its annual contribution increases. After delaying the annual contribution increases for 2021 by 6 months to 1 July 2021, the Scheme announced that the annual contribution increases of 7.9% for 2022 would only be implemented from 1 May 2022. This makes Discovery Health Me
Discovery Business Insurance marks Heritage Month with the shortlisting of 7 finalists in Restaurant ReDiscovery competition
23 September 2021 - Discovery Business Insurance together with restaurateur and musician J’Something of Mi Casa, has announced the seven South African restaurants that are all in line win a R25,000 cash injection into their restaurant. On 6 September Discovery Business Insurance launched #RestaurantReDiscovery, inviting restaurant goers to tag their favourite eat out spots on Discovery’s social me
New Discovery Health Diabetes Shared-value programme supports healthcare professionals to curb SA’s diabetes pandemic
Clinical trials and real-world data show that for people who live with diabetes, improving glycaemic (blood sugar) control slows down the rate at which the disease progresses, prevents the onset of serious complications and reduces the overall healthcare cost associated with the condition. Also, according to analysis of data emanating from Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS), members living wit
This #HeritageMonth, Discovery Business Insurance marks the occasion by giving South Africa’s home-grown restaurants a boost
Food is a rich part of South Africa’s heritage and Discovery Business Insurance has launched a campaign which celebrates this - #RestaurantReDiscovery.
Joined by restaurateur and popular musician, J’Something of one of SA’s loved local bands, Mi Casa, Discovery Business Insurance is inviting South Africans to rally around the theme of “Re-Discovery” – Re-discovering our roots. Re-discovering o
Ongoing investment in the national vaccination programme with the intention to mandate vaccines for all Discovery employees in SA
Given that global and local data strongly support the safety and efficacy of vaccination, Discovery continues to take a leadership role in driving up national vaccination rates, through its employees, products, and working closely with the National Department of Health on the country’s vaccination roll out.
“In our support of the national vaccination programme, Discovery has established nine v
Discovery delivers strong operating performance during the pandemic and continued evolution of the Shared-value Insurance model
Johannesburg, 2 September 2021 – Adrian Gore, Discovery Group Chief Executive, today presented the Group’s full-year results for the period ended 30 June 2021 to the analyst community. Discovery posted a strong operating performance across the all businesses, despite the ongoing challenge of the COVID-19 environment which manifested in a far higher COVID-19-related mortality in South Africa, compa
Discovery Life clients can now get higher PayBacks if vaccinated against COVID-19
Johannesburg, 29 July 2021 – Discovery Life has announced a ‘first-of-its-kind’ underwriting determinant for the South African life insurance market, stating that being vaccinated against COVID-19 is now an additional consideration in determining life insurance premiums and benefits for new clients, effective from the 29th of July 2021.
“Through our premium PayBack reward mechanism, we are off
Discovery Health opens two vaccination sites in KZN
Discovery Health has further expanded its national footprint with the opening of two additional vaccination sites in Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN), to support the Government-led mass vaccination programme. The two new vaccination sites at Virgin Active in The Pavilion Shopping Centre in Durban and at Park Square in Umhlanga, are modelled on Discovery’s other successful vaccination sites ensuring maximum th
Over 10 000 Road Defects Fixed by the Pothole Patrol
Since its launch in May, steady progress is being made by The Pothole Patrol project, with over 2 500 potholes filled.
Commenting on the journey so far, Anneli Retief, Head of Dialdirect says: “We are pleased with the progress and difference made to date, but road conditions are a lot worse than we thought. We are repairing much bigger, deeper and more severe crevices and holes that occur as