Discovery Newsletter July 2020

Discovery Newsletter July 2020

Discovery News for Discovery Health members

1.) Discovery Newsletter July 2020 – Non-Disclosure

Discovery Newsletter July 2020: Non-Disclosure is a real threat to your health cover. If your cover has been accepted, but you are hospitalised in the first 12 months of cover, your file goes to Discovery’s forensics team for review. They will sift through the answers on your application form automatically.

If something medically significant has been left off your application form, cover may be cancelled for your whole family. If you do have a pre-existing condition, it is better to have it excluded for 12 months, than to have your cover cancelled when you need it the most.

A few things to consider:

  • Some of the questions say “in the last 12 months” and some say “have you ever”. “Have you ever” means since birth. If you can’t remember, ask your GP for your medical records. Ask your parents or family members if they recall.
  • On occasion, one person will complete the application for the whole family, without consulting the other partner/spouse. Rather discuss the questions with the family, as (for example) your spouse may have taken your child to the doctor for something you weren’t aware of, which may cause problems on the application form.
  • If you think something may have been left off your application form, then call Discovery. Ask them for a copy of the application form (if you don’t have one) and check it. Then disclose the missing information. If you have claimed for a diagnosis that should have had a waiting period, you may need to refund the claim. But if there has been no claim, they may simply note the 12 month waiting period on your membership, and you will have no surprises later.

It is far better to sort this out when you are healthy, than when you are trying to gain entry into a hospital!

2.) Discovery Newsletter July 2020 – 2nd Half

We’re in the second half of the year already. What does this mean for your medical aid? In September, Discovery usually launches details of the following year’s plans and benefits. When this information is forwarded to you, you need to think about whether your plan choice for this year has worked for you, or if you need to make a change.

Things to consider would include the following:

  • Cost, incl any portion your employer might pay
  • Hospital and GP networks
  • Claims history for out-of-hospital claims – were they covered sufficiently?
  • If you have a Chronic condition, is it covered under the Chronic
    Benefits for the plan you are on?

Your employer or your broker will assist you with decisions you need to make, but you need to do the homework and have the information ready.

3.) Discovery Newsletter July 2020 – WhatsApp

Discovery is moving away from using the email address and has set up a WhatsApp account for “Ask Discovery”. The WhatsApp number is 0860 756 756. Put it into your address book and send the message “Hi Discovery” to register.

You will get an automated response acknowledging the registration, and you can then ask a question. If the question is not clear, you may get a response with a number of topics, asking you to choose one, and then when you make that choice, you get a more detailed response.

You can ask questions on benefits and cover, get membership, travel and tax certificates, submit claims and find professionals in your area, using the WhatsApp facility.

4.) Discovery Newsletter July 2020 – Vitality Health Tracker for all

Vitality Health Tracker is available for ALL members, and it is free.

Download the Discovery App onto your phone and sign in with your Discovery Health user name and password. You will need to register a profile if you don’t yet have one. Please have your ID number or passport number available to link your profile to your Discovery Health membership.

Once you are logged into the app, you can track your health and exercise, and work towards goals to improve your well being.

5.) Discovery Newsletter July 2020 – Healthy Living Cashback: Where is it?

Discovery Vitality members who are not Discovery Bank members and do not have a DiscoveryCard, can nominate a bank account into which their cashback will be paid.

Vitality members who still have an active DiscoveryCard and have not yet changed to Discovery Bank, will have their cashback paid into their DiscoveryCard.

Discovery Health Vitality members who are also Discovery Bank members will have their cashback (incl boosted Discovery Bank cashback) paid in Discovery Miles into their Discovery Miles account within their Discovery Bank portfolio. Discovery Miles can be monetised on the Banking app, and transferred to a Discovery Bank savings account or credit card.

The points can also be used for payment at selected Vitality partners.

6.) Discovery Newsletter July 2020 – Vitality Active Rewards and Discovery Miles

From mid-July 2020, Vitality Active Rewards members no longer receive instant Discovery Miles for achieving goals. Instead, the Discovery Miles on the gameboard have increased.

Members can also get discounts on selected rewards based on Vitality Status, and have more ways to earn Discovery Miles for driving well if on Vitality Drive. Those on Chronic medication can also earn Discovery Miles for taking their medication and re-ordering their medication. And if you have Health Goals in place you can earn for achieving those goals.

All rewards are in Discovery Miles, and Discovery Miles are used to purchase vouchers if you are not a Discovery Bank member. If you are a Discovery Bank member, you can use your Miles to pay your credit card. You can transfer them into your savings account, or use them to pay at selected stores in-store and online.

If you are a Discovery Bank member, you can view your Discovery Miles transactions via the Discovery Bank app. If you are not a Bank member, then there is no transaction history available to you.  It is best to check into the app once a week in order to track your Miles and make a manual note of the Miles available.

When is a Point a Point?

Certain points are allocated differently for Active Rewards and Vitality Status:

  • JEFF Workouts and other 300 Boost points, and the online workout 50 points on Discovery’s website do not give you points for Active Rewards. They do count for your annual Vitality Status and annual max fitness points.
  • Vitality Points for 5000 steps and workouts at 60-70% of HR are limited to 1000 in total for the calendar year. This relates to both your Vitality Status and annual max fitness points. They will still count for Active Rewards when you reach your limit.
  • Discovery Vitality Points for 10,000 steps are limited to 1200 per month for Vitality Status and annual max fitness points. They will still count for Active Rewards when you reach your limit.

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Disclaimer: The information and opinions in this document have been recorded and arrived at in good faith and from sources believed to be reliable, but no representation or warranty, expressed or implied, is made to their accuracy, completeness or correctness. The information is provided for information purposes only and should not be construed as the rendering of advice. Informed Healthcare Solutions accordingly accepts no liability whatsoever for any direct, indirect or consequential loss arising from the use of this document or its contents. IHS is a licensed financial service provider: FSP # 12239

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