SOUTH AFRICA – Discovery Health, Clicks and Auto & General Insurance have partnered to create an innovative health-insurance product for South Africans.

Flexicare will provide reasonably priced private day-to-day healthcare cover through the Clicks retail network.

The Flexicare offering has been available since 2018 to the retail sector and corporate employers to provide affordable healthcare cover for staff.

Over the past five years, Flexicare has been provided to almost 100,000 employees across 450 different employer groups.

From 16 February 2023, it will be easily available to consumers through Clicks’ extensive retail presence, allowing more individuals to purchase quality, affordable, healthcare cover – almost anywhere.

A unique feature of the product is a 10% premium cashback and loyalty benefit for Clicks Clubcard members who purchase Flexicare using a simple four-step Clicks digital purchasing process.

“We are pleased to partner with Discovery Health and Auto & General Insurance in making private healthcare cover easily available and affordable for everyone, with the added benefit of cashback in your pocket,” said Vikash Singh, Clicks managing executive.

“This forms part of our continued commitment to providing great value, convenience and rewards for our customers.”

Clicks ClubCard members who purchase Flexicare can earn 10% cashback on their monthly premium as a loyalty benefit, simply for paying the premium and ensuring the cover remains uninterrupted.

Discovery Health’s research demonstrates that there are five to eight million South African residents in formal employment who do not have medical aid.

Yet, they already utilise the private healthcare sector for their primary healthcare needs and are paying out-of-pocket for each consultation and for prescribed medication – for each point of entry.

Flexicare combines key traits from the partners involved. Discovery Health brings its experience and expertise in structuring excellent quality products with rich benefits at an affordable price, enabled by its insights into the South African healthcare terrain and data analytics capabilities (as administrator of 57% of the medical scheme market).

This added to Auto & General’s underwriting expertise and wide adviser network, creates comprehensive primary care cover at the best possible price in the market.

Flexicare is administered by Discovery Health and underwritten by Auto & General Insurance and designed to provide access to private healthcare services.

The benefits include unlimited GP consultations, medicine, dentistry, eye care, x-rays, flu vaccines, maternity, health checks, blood tests, procedures in GP rooms, HIV care and private ambulance, with an optional add-on of trauma cover at a private hospital.

Trauma cover provides additional private emergency healthcare services for the individual and all registered beneficiaries for a range of serious events including burns, car accidents, and serious head or chest injuries to name a few.

“This partnership brings a truly innovative, integrated healthcare product to the public, and most importantly broadens availability and affordability of private healthcare to more South Africans,” said Ricardo Coetzee, head of Auto & General.

“Our research and experience have proven the importance of creating easy-to-understand healthcare products. Having affordable cover also means ensuring that people never have to pay out-of-pocket or face hidden costs.”

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