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Discovery sees increase in members with chronic conditions

There’s been a 59% increase in the number of people joining medical aid schemes due to chronic conditions.

Picture: Discovery Holdings

JOHANNESBURG - Discovery Health CEO Jonathan Broomberg says there has been a significant increase in the number of people joining medical aid schemes due to chronic conditions.

Broomberg is among several health experts speaking at a healthcare summit in Johannesburg today.

Global research has shown there is a continual increase in healthcare costs above consumer inflation.

Broomberg says this means medical aid scheme members find they have less money left over after healthcare deductions, for other expenses.

The Discovery CEO says from 2008 to 2015, there was a 59 percent increase in the number of people joining medical aid schemes due to chronic conditions.

He says the top five chronic conditions driving healthcare costs in South Africa are diabetes, heart and lung disease, cancer and mental health conditions.

Broomberg says a lack of exercise has become the new 'smoking' as it's one of the top contributors to many illnesses.

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