CMS report shows members abandoning top-tier Discovery plans


According to the 2019 report of the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) every plan across the top tiers has shown declines in members and beneficiaries over the past six years, with the exception of the Classic Comprehensive Zero MSA (Medical Savings Account) plan, which has a tiny base of under 1 000 members. Members of Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS) are still leaving the top-tier plans offered by the medical aid, with a further 8% decline between 2018 and 2019.

The largest of the top-tier plans - Classic Comprehensive - has lost nearly 55 000 members and over 150 000 beneficiaries since 2013.

The higher tier of its entry-level KeyCare plans, KeyCare Plus, lost over 11 000 members between

2018 and 2019.

Despite DHMS increasing its overall member base by 866 in the year (or 0.06%), the number of beneficiaries on its plans declined by 11 000 to 2.8-mil in the year.


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