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Discovery Health identifies increase in measles infection

Discovery Health has identified a significant increase in the incidence of measles in its claims data. This confirms the data emerging from the Gauteng Department of Health that announced an Emergency Measles Outbreak Campaign from 15 May to 30 June 2017 to address what it has identified as an outbreak of the disease. (more…)

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Discovery invests R1m in the Treatment Action Campaign

In March 2016, Discovery made an investment of R1m through its Discovery Fund to support the excellent work of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in the public health system. With the aim of the TAC being to empower people with knowledge of their rights, about scientific developments and about treatment, the Trustees of the Discovery […]

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Doctors team competes in duathlon

As part of Discovery’s vision to make people healthier, the inaugural Discovery Duathlon was launched on 24 and 25 October in Sandton. In partnership with the City of Joburg and the EcoMobility Festival, the Duathlon course took team Super Docs and other participants on a run-cycle-run tour of the Sandton CBD. (more…)

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Mixed reactions to PMB draft amendments

While medical schemes have welcomed the draft amendments to Regulations 5 and 8 of the Medical Schemes Act (MSA), pertaining to prescribed minimum benefits (PMBs), both the SA Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF) and the SA Medical Association (SAMA) have voiced concerns about the proposed changes. The two bodies represent the majority of healthcare professionals in the […]

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Big fat debate

Banting, the low carbohydrate, high fat diet that is taking SA by storm represents a seismic shift in thinking about fat, and the healthcare industry has been forced to sit up and take note by the sheer force of public adoption of the diet. It is right to do so because if it is based […]

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Tariffs not cost drivers

Hospital and service provider cost increases, historically blamed for high medical inflation, are not the major cost drivers in SA, according to Dr Jonathan Broomberg, CEO of Discovery Health Medical Scheme. The scheme’s data, tracked over the past five years, show volume of services accounting for 4.5% of the average premium increase of 11.5% with […]

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Medical technology in the spotlight

The South African Medical Association (SAMED) held their annual conference at the end of May in Bryanston, Johannesburg. The event featured many varied speakers on a range of topics around the overarching theme: Taking medical technology to the next level. The following is an overview of the day’s presentations. A word from the DoH Chief […]

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Discovery awards private sector

The Discovery Foundation has launched a new series of awards that will recognise healthcare professionals in the private sector who are delivering outstanding patient care, excellence and innovation. The awards will promote the ongoing development of clinical quality, leadership and health systems improvement in SA. Initiatives that improve quality of care and efficiency in both […]

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Scheme rules: It’s war

Some specialists are drawing the battle lines in a fight to reclaim their right to put their patients before formularies, rules and restrictions imposed on them by medical schemes. In an open letter published in the March/April edition of The South African Gastroenterology Review journal, specialist surgeon and gastroenterologist, Dr Stephen Grobler, addressed medical industry roleplayers […]

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