Discovery Health has announced its new premiums for 2017, which are set to increase between 7.8% and 14.9%.
The average premium increase across Discovery Health’s plans are 10.2% – significantly higher than last year’s 8.6%, and even higher than the forecast CPI of 6.8%
The increases for individual Discovery Health plans are as follows:
- Executive and Comprehensive: 11.9%
- Coastal Core: 14.9%
- Coastal Saver: 7.8%
- All other plans: 9.9%
According to Milton Streak, Principal Officer at Discovery Health Medical Scheme, most of their members will see an increase of 9.9% or lower in 2017.
Discovery Health is the biggest medical scheme on the open market with over 2.7 million members. The group warned earlier this year that premiums would be going up due to significantly higher claims than in previous years.