The core purpose of the Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS) is to care for their members’ health and wellness by engaging the brightest minds and innovative solutions to provide access to affordable, equitable and quality healthcare that meets their needs now and into the future. DHMS is a non-profit organisation which pools and safeguards its members’ funds in order to provide healthcare funding to members who need it, when they need it.
Covering over 2.7 million beneficiaries as of the end of 2016, DHMS is the largest open medical scheme in South Africa, with a current market share of 55% of the open market.
As an open medical scheme, any member of the public can join DHMS, subject to the Scheme’s rules. The Scheme belongs to its members.
The Scheme is a non-profit entity governed by the Medical Schemes Act 131 of 1998, as amended, and is regulated by the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS).
An independent board of trustees (the Board) oversees the Scheme’s business.
The Scheme operates through a formal contractual arrangement with Discovery Health Pty (Ltd), which provides the Scheme’s administration and managed care services.