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Discovery Health, linked to South African tycoon Adrian Gore, distributes over $32 million via wellness fund

Discovery Health's Wellth Fund has disbursed over $32 million to service providers and members within the span of 15 months

by Feyisayo Ajayi
Adrian Gore

Discovery Health, a prominent entity within the Discovery Group, led by South African tycoon Adrian Gore, has announced a remarkable milestone in its healthcare initiatives, as it revealed that its Wellth Fund has disbursed more than $32 million to service providers and members within the span of 15 months.

The Wellth Fund, introduced in January 2023 as a once-off lifetime benefit for beneficiaries of South Africa’s largest open medical scheme, Discovery Health Medical Scheme, has proven to be instrumental in promoting regular health check-ups among its members. With over R600 million ($32 million) distributed to more than 485,000 medical aid members, the initiative underscores Discovery Group’s commitment to enhancing healthcare accessibility and fostering preventative healthcare practices.

Discovery Health CEO on Wellth Fund success

Commenting on the impact of the Wellth Fund, Ron Whelan, CEO of Discovery Health, highlighted its role in encouraging members to prioritize their health. “The Wellth Fund has encouraged members to have their health checks done more regularly,” stated Whelan. He further emphasized the substantial increase in health check-ups since the program’s inception, with figures more than doubling in 2023 compared to 2021 and showing a 47 percent surge compared to 2022.

The utilization data provided by Discovery reveals that members predominantly utilized the Wellth Fund for essential healthcare services, including visits to dentists, optometrists, physiotherapists, obstetricians, and gynecologists. Notably, the analysis of medical aid claims data showcased a significant drop in annual health checks during the initial year of the COVID-19 pandemic, plummeting by over 50 percent from January to December 2020 compared to the corresponding period in 2019.

Adrian Gore’s leadership propels Discovery

Founded in 1992 by Adrian Gore and Barry Swartzberg, Discovery Group has emerged as a leading force in South Africa’s financial services landscape, specializing in medical insurance, asset management, savings, investments, and employee benefits. Despite economic headwinds, the company’s resilience and growth trajectory remain evident, as demonstrated by its robust half-year earnings of $172.4 million under Adrian Gore.

Gore’s strategic vision and commitment to global expansion have propelled Discovery Group into international prominence, with significant strides in customer acquisition and operational expansion through strategic partnerships. Gore’s 12.96-percent stake in the company, valued at R11.08 billion ($583.48 million) — compared to R10.37 billion ($554.61 million) last Friday — serves as a testament to his unwavering dedication to realizing Discovery’s ambitious global expansion objectives.

As Discovery continues to spearhead transformative healthcare initiatives and fortify its position as South Africa’s foremost health insurer, the impact of the Wellth Fund stands as a testament to the company’s enduring commitment to enhancing healthcare accessibility and fostering a culture of proactive wellness within its member community.

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