Cancer is South Africa’s biggest killer

JOHANNESBURG – Cancer causes more deaths in South Africa than HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and malaria combined, and a special report by Discovery Health Medical Scheme (Discovery), released for the first time this year, quantifies the scheme’s spending on cancer-related claims and reinforces the need for greater cancer awareness. The latest Discovery Health Healthcare Claims Tracker focuses on oncology claims, using the medical scheme’s claims data for 2017. Discovery is South Africa’s…

Cancer diagnoses rocketed by 45% among Discovery members – here are the most prevalent cancers

A new report by Discovery Medical Scheme found that the number of members being treated for cancer increased by 45% between 2011 and 2017.  Breast cancer was the most widely cancer treated for females, and prostate cancer for men.  Discovery spent 103% more on cancer treatment in 2017 than in 2011.  Cancer diagnoses among Discovery members – the country’s largest medical insurance scheme – increased by 45% between 2011 and…