Discovery launches R930 a month medical aid plan

Sponsored by Discovery Health

South Africa’s biggest health insurer, Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS), has launched it most affordable medical aid plan, KeyCare Start Regional, valued at R930 a month.

The KeyCare Start Regional medical aid plan includes:

● Cover for emergencies in any private hospital

● Unlimited cover for planned admissions in selected hospitals within the KeyCare Start Regional network

● Chronic illness treatment

● Screenings to detect early warning signs of serious illness

● Cover for unlimited virtual and face-to-face GP consultations and up to two visits a year for specialists

● Eye care and dentistry treatment

The medical aid plan will initially just be available to residents in Bellville and George in the Western Cape, Tzaneen and Polokwane in Limpopo, and Mbombela and Trichardt in Mpumalanga. Dr Ronald Whelan, Chief Commercial Officer at Discovery Health, says the
company plans to roll out to other regions too.

According to the company, the scheme’s regional approach allows its price to stay low. Discovery Health has launched the plan in partnership with Mediclinic and Intercare. It’s available from 1 June 2022.

The KeyCare Start Regional scheme also covers other innovative hi-tech solutions such as allowing some patients to wear monitoring devices “such as the cutting-edge Biofourmis device which is worn on a patient’s arm to monitor their vital signs. It shares these in real-time with the patient, on an app, and with the care team and a 24/7 control centre. This gives the care team the information they need to detect issues and intervene early if necessary. Nurses and doctors can visit the patient at home when necessary.”