Discovery Essential Delta Saver medical aid plan: 2017 vs 2018

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Please note that these benefits are still being updated as more information is made available to us. Always consult with your broker before making final decisions regarding your healthcare cover.

COSTS and OVERVIEW:
Essential Delta Saver
2018 costs Gap
In brief: On Essential Delta Saver in 2018:
  • Scheme rate is 100%, and most day-to-day expenses are from savings.
  • Network hospitals must be used
  • Discovery does pay for most maternity expenses and some preventative benefits such as mammograms and pap smears
  • You get unlimited cancer cover, with a co-payment after R200,000
  • Cover for cochlear implants included.
  • Travel insurance and international treatment
See full benefits below
For this plan, our recommended Gap Cover:
  • increases payout for in-hospital claims from 100% to 500%
  • pays for ER treatment,
  • covers the 20% co-payment for cancer claims
  • covers other in-hospital co-payments
See more benefits below, or full benefits here.

Discovery also has its own, seamless, gap cover. You can read about it here.
What’s new in 2018?
    In 2018, Discovery will:
  • Pay for your out of hospital maternity related claims
See below for other changes
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Contributions:
Main: Adult: Child:
Cost 2018: R1,758 R1,325 R705
Cost 2017: (R1,634) (R1,230) (R655)
Overal Limit: Unlimited
PMBs: Day-to-day expenses for PMBs (eg. cancer) are always paid for by the scheme, according to protocols. Find out more
Savings: R3,156 R2,376 R1,260
Children: Pay for maximum 3 children
2018 Gap prices are to be confirmed, will be about R300 per family of under 65yrs, and R400 per family with a member who is 65yrs+.
Find out more
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IN HOSPITAL PROCEDURES:
Essential Delta Saver
2017 v 2018 benefits
($$ next to major changes)
Gap benefits Notes
Payout Rate for Specialists:
  • Covered in full for specialists with payment arrangement with Discovery
  • Otherwise,100% scheme rate
  • Up to 500% of scheme rate
  • In case of admission related to accident:
    • R300 per day, for days 1-13
    • R600 per day for days 14-20
    • R1,200 per day for days 21-30
Hospital Choice:
  • Hospitals in Delta Network
  • Otherwise, R7,650 co-payment
  • R12,800 per person per year for use of a non-network hospital
Specialised Radiology:
  • If not related to admission: R2,750 co-payment
  • Co-payment covered in full
  • Up to 500% of scheme rate for service providers
Supplementary Services: (Physio, etc)
  • Covered in full for professionals with payment arrangement with Discovery
  • Otherwise,100% scheme rate
  • Up to 500% of scheme rate for service providers
Transplants:
  • Covered
  • Up to 500% of scheme rate for service providers
Co-payments:
  • Scopes:
    • in doctor's rooms: no co-payment
    • otherwise: R4,200 co-payment paid from day-to-day benefit
  • Co-payment for most scopes covered in full
Alternatives to hospitals:
  • 2018: To be confirmed
  • 2017:
    • Administration of IV, iron treatments, steroids and immunoglobulins when a hospital admission is not required: covered
    • Care for venous ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, pressure sores and other moderate to severe wounds for patients who do not require hospital admission: covered
    • End of life care: R52,750 per person, per lifetime
    • Cancer: Unlimited palliative care cover for approved care at home
  • No benefit
Casualty:
  • All emergencies are covered
  • Casualty costs not covered by medical aid, in case of emergency treatment: R12,800 per incident. Cover also applies to costs covered by savings account.
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OUT OF HOSPITAL BENEFITS:
Essential Delta Saver
2017 v 2018 benefits
($$ next to major changes)
Gap benefits Notes
GP consultations:
  • 2018: To be confirmed
  • 2017:
    • GP in Premier Plus network: M =2 consults and M+ =4 consults. Face-to-face or video call.
    • Otherwise, paid from day-to-day benefit
  • No benefit
Childcare:
  • No benefit
Specialists consultations:
  • Paid from day-to-day benefit
  • No benefit
Pathology:
  • Paid from day-to-day benefit
  • No benefit
General radiology:
  • Paid from day-to-day benefit
  • No benefit
Specialised radiology:
  • Paid from day-to-day benefit
  • No benefit
Supplementary Services: (Physio, etc)
  • Paid from day-to-day benefit
  • No benefit
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MATERNITY BENEFITS:
Essential Delta Saver
2017 v 2018 benefits
($$ next to major changes)
Gap benefits Notes
Hospital stay:
  • Covered at100% scheme ratefor specialists
  • Three day visits with midwife if discharged a day early from hospital
  • Premature birth, more than 6 weeks:R12,000 lump payment
  • In case of admission related to premature birth:
    • R300 per day, for days 1-13
    • R600 per day for days 14-20
    • R1,200 per day for days 21-30
Consultations:
  • $$ 8 consults, paid by scheme
  • $$ Nuchal translucency or Non-Invasive Prenatal Test, paid by scheme
  • $$ Certain blood tests, paid by scheme
  • $$ Five pre- or postnatal classes with registered nurse
  • $$ For two years after birth: two visits for baby with GP, Paediatrician or ENT; one six week post-birth consult with midwife, GP or gynae; one nutritional assessment; two mental health consults; one lactation consult
  • No benefit
Scans:
  • $$ 2 x ultrasound scans, now paid by scheme
  • No benefit
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CANCER (ONCOLOGY):
Essential Delta Saver
2017 v 2018 benefits
($$ next to major changes)
Gap benefits Notes
Overall coverage (in and out of hospital):
  • Unlimited. After the first R200,000, a 20% co-payment applies
  • Specialised medicine and technology: No benefit, unless PMB
  • Unlimited palliative care cover for approved care at home
  • Up to additional 500% of scheme rate to cover shortfall for specialists
  • Full cover for the 20% co-payment
All oncology benefits are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and are subject to protocols, preferred providers and scheme rules. Benefit covers out-of-hospital treatment too, like chemotherapy.
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DENTISTRY:
Essential Delta Saver
2017 v 2018 benefits
($$ next to major changes)
Gap benefits Notes
Dentistry:
  • 2018: To be confirmed
  • 2017: In-hospital:
    • For severe dental and oral surgery, a defined list of procedures is included, with no upfront payment and no overall limit
    • Otherwise, you need to pay a portion of your account upfront:
      • If you are younger than 13, you pay R2,050 for admission to hospital, and R930 for admission to a day-clinic
      • If you are 13 and older, you pay R5,250 for admission to hospital, and R3,400 for admission to day-clinic
      • Balance of account is paid by scheme at100% scheme rate
    Out-of-hospital:
    • Standard dentistry: from day-to-day benefit
    • Specialised dentistry: from day-to-day benefit, appliances limited to R15,750 per person. This limit includes claims for orthognathic surgery
  • Full cover for in-hospital deductibles
  • Dental reconstruction due to due to trauma or oncology treatment: R40,000 per event
Orthodontics:
  • All dental appliances, their placement, and orthodontic treatment (including related accounts for orthognathic surgery) paid from day-to-day benefit
  • No benefit
Maxillo Facial Surgery:
  • See above
  • Dental reconstruction due to due to trauma or oncology treatment: R40,000 per event
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MEDICATION:
Essential Delta Saver
2017 v 2018 benefits
($$ next to major changes)
Gap benefits Notes
Chronic:
  • PMBs chronic: paid by scheme
  • No benefit
Acute (presrcibed) medication:
  • Paid from day-to-day benefit
  • No benefit
Over-the-counter:
  • Paid from day-to-day benefit
  • No benefit
Birth Control:
  • Paid from day-to-day benefit
  • No benefit
On Discharge:
  • Paid from day-to-day benefit
  • No benefit
Biological: TBC n/a
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OPTOMETRY:
Essential Delta Saver
2017 v 2018 benefits
($$ next to major changes)
Gap benefits Notes
Optometry:
  • Paid from day-to-day benefit
  • 20% discount on frames and lenses at a network optometrist
  • No benefit
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MENTAL HEALTH:
Essential Delta Saver
2017 v 2018 benefits
($$ next to major changes)
Gap benefits Notes
In-hospital: TBC
  • No benefit
Out-of-hospital: TBC
  • No benefit
Trauma:
  • Offers out of hospital claims for recovery after traumatic events for rest of year, and year after that
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OTHER BENEFITS:
Essential Delta Saver
2017 v 2018 benefits
($$ next to major changes)
Gap benefits Notes
General Appliances:
  • 2018: To be confirmed
  • 2017:
    • Cochlear implants: R207,000
    • Otherwise, from day-to-day benefit
  • No benefit
1.1. Hearing Aids:
  • Paid from day-to-day benefit
  • No benefit
1.2. Wheelchairs:
  • Paid from day-to-day benefit
  • No benefit
Dialysis:
  • Covered in full if you use network provider
  • No benefit
HIV:
  • Covered if on the HIV Care program
  • No benefit
Emergency Transport:
  • No benefit
International Insurance:
  • Up to R5 million per person on each journey for emergency medical costs while outside South Africa
  • Up to R500,000 for treatment overseas that is not available in South Africa, with a 20% co-payment
  • Emergency medical evacuations from certain sub-Saharan African countries back to South Africa
  • No benefit
Other:
  • 2018: To be confirmed
  • 2017:
    • Internal nerve stimulators: R142,200
    • Trauma recovery: out-of-hospital claims related to certain traumatic events paid until the end of the year following the event
    • DNA Analysis: paid in full from day-to-day benefit or 50% from above threshold
    • Second opinion from Cleveland Clinic for life-threatening and life-changing conditions. 50% co-payment
  • Death or permanent disability: R12,000. If cause of death was accidental: R24,000.
  • If Principal member of medical aid passes away or becomes disabled: Medical aid contributions will be paid for six months, up to R4,400 per month. Gap premium is also waived for 6 months
  • In event of vehicle accident where policy holder was not at fault: Gap will provide all legal assistance, fully covered.
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WELLNESS/PREVENTATIVE BENEFITS:
Essential Delta Saver
2017 v 2018 benefits
($$ next to major changes)
Gap benefits Notes
Flu vaccination:
  • Covered, for 65yrs+
  • No benefit
Pneumonia vaccines:
  • To be confirmed
  • No benefit
Back Rehabilitation Programme: TBC
  • No benefit
Biometric Screening:
  • Covered
  • No benefit
Child Immunisation: TBC
  • No benefit
Pap Smear:
  • Covered, every 3 years
  • No benefit
Mammogram:
  • Covered, every 2 years
  • If you qualify, you can get Breast MRI and once-off BRCA test for breast screening
  • No benefit
PAS Test:
  • Covered
  • No benefit
HIV Test:
  • Covered
  • No benefit
Other:
  • Kids' assessment, including height, weight, head circumference and health and milestone tracking
  • No benefit
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2017 v 2018 benefits
($$ next to major changes)
Gap benefits Notes
Overal Limit:
Sub-limits:

    Important!
  • Unless specified, assume that all benefits are paid are paid at 100% scheme rate
  • No limits or co-payments can apply to treatment of PMBs, which is always unlimited, although subject to strict protocols and scheme rules.
  • “Unlimited” benefits are still subject to authorisation, protocols and sublimits
  • Assume that all benefits need to be pre-authorised