If you would like to hear more from Discovery about Keycare Start Regional call 0860 000 628 or use the following link when you are on WIFI https://www.discovery.co.za/medical-aid/get-a-medical-aid-quote/

In the meantime, here is a review of the policy by Toby Shapshak:

Discovery’s most affordable regional healthcare has arrived

By Toby Shapshak

Affordable healthcare has now become easier for many more people, thanks to an innovative new medical aid option from Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS).

Called KeyCare Start Regional, its members will get day-to-day healthcare and in-hospital treatment through the Mediclinic and Intercare network of hospitals.

It costs just R930 and the package includes cover for emergency treatment in any private hospital. Other major medical benefits include unlimited cover for planned admissions in the Mediclinic and Intercare network.

There is also full in-hospital cover for specialists, as well as extensive maternity cover for pre- and postnatal healthcare services at KeyCare Start Regional hospitals.

The medical aid scheme also offers great day-to-day benefits, including unlimited virtual and face-to-face consultations with a GP doctor. Other benefits include blood tests, X-rays or medicine (subject to referral by that GP), and two consultations with a specialist every year.

There is eye care (including an eye test and glasses) through partner optometrists, and dentistry (including consultation, fillings and tooth removals) at partnering dentists

“We have introduced KeyCare Start Regional at a very compelling price point,” says Dr Ronald Whelan, Chief Commercial Officer at Discovery Health.

Whelan says this partnership with Mediclinic and Intercare “makes it possible for currently uninsured members of the public in specific parts of the country to take on private medical scheme cover, and to access this at one of the most affordable rates in the industry”.

It’s part of Discovery’s broader aim to “improve access to high-quality, affordable healthcare and extend this to more people living in South Africa,” he adds. Discovery Health administers medical aid for 3.7-million South Africans, and uses data science on all its data about medical aid claims and the private health system, which enables it to create such innovative products. Discovery pioneered its Vitality program to encourage people to be fitter and healthier, and Vitality is now used as a case study by business schools like Harvard.

Whelan says: “Discovery’s core purpose is to make people healthier, and to enhance and protect their lives”.

Toby Shapshak is the editor-in-chief of Stuff Studios.

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