Advocate. Inform. Empower

Open Letter to Discovery Health

Dear Discovery Health

IFAASA is a Non Profit Company focusing on advocacy, empowerment and information for the population group diagnosed with infertility. Advocating with medical schemes to afford patients the treatment they deserve for their diagnosis is a key focus of our organisation.

Infertility effects 1 in 6 couples of reproductive age (15 to 44 years) and is one of the most common diseases that couples in this age group are diagnosed with. Despite this, Discovery Health continues to refuse a treatment plan to allow members access to In Vitro Fertilisation and Intra Uterine Insemination for a recognised disease entity which is also a Prescribed Minimum Benefit (PMB) disease. Infertility is a life shattering diagnosis for many couples and these couples currently only receive assistance from Discovery Health in the form of diagnosis (PMB related claims). In addition it is an insult to many couples across our population including members of the Discovery Health Medical Scheme to be the only PMB disease category listed as a blanket exclusion on the exclusion list for Discovery Health. We acknowledge Discovery Health pays for the minimum required diagnostic assessments as per the Medical Schemes Act for infertility, yet does not offer any cover for the actual treatment of infertility outside of members accessing what they can through their savings account.

Whilst we have insight into the need to properly manage the funds of a Medical Aid Scheme, we place on record that this cannot be done at the expense of patients suffering from a recognised PMB disease entity. We understand that there cannot be open ended funding for the treatment of infertility but there are many examples around the world where medical schemes give their members access to a well-structured, holistic infertility program which often includes access to three IVF cycles per couple. And it has been proven that well-structured infertility programs can save the medical scheme money by agreeing on guidelines that manage the amount of embryos transferred. IFAASA has been in discussion with Discovery for a few years through presentations at the AGM’s, face to face meetings and written correspondence. In addition the Fertility Specialists have been in discussion with Discovery about the cover for fertility treatment even longer. Yet the status quo has stayed the same with regard to the non-funding of infertility treatment. Due to the financial strain that a system like this places on infertile couples the very same couples are often diagnosed with other medical illnesses, which your scheme pays for.

It is noted on the Discovery Health website that one of your values relating to members is to ‘Dazzle Clients’. Well, we want you to know that your members in their reproductive age (15 to 44) that are diagnosed with one of the most common diseases, infertility, are not feeling dazzled. They are feeling ignored, discriminated against and isolated.

We urge you to listen to the needs of your members that are asking Discovery Health to offer reasonable cover relating to the treatment of infertility. Namely 3 In Vitro Fertilisation per couple with conditions such as single embryo transfer. You can and should be doing better for a recognised disease entity.

To the members of medical schemes diagnosed with infertility as well as the many family members and loved ones who witness the devastation of this type of diagnosis, lend your voice to the campaign. Please leave your comments stating which medical aid scheme you are a member of and speak out on why you think medical schemes such as Discovery Health should cover treatment for infertility.

DATE: 21 April 2016

Please comment with your thoughts below,  including the name of your Medical Aid Scheme. Your email address will not be published and you can remain anonymous if you wish.

For any media enquiries, please put your request in writing to meggan@ifaasa.co.za

Timeline of IFAASA’s campaign with Discovery Health

February 2011: A submission was made to the Council of Medical Schemes about the exclusion of infertility treatment by medical schemes, in particular Discovery Health.

June 2013: A submission and presentation was made at the Discovery Heatlh AGM with regard to the exclusion of infertility treatment for its members.

June 2014: IFAASA made another submission and presentation on behalf of its members at the Discovery Health AGM with regard to the exclusion of infertility treatment.

July/August 2014: IFAASA met with Discovery Health to discuss the cover of infertility treatment for its members. IFAASA clarified the use of the members savings account for infertility treatment, to assist many Discovery Health members, to access their savings to cover a small part of infertility treatment.

2015: IFAASA continued discussions with Discovery Health with regard to reasonable cover for the treatment of infertility.

Comments (299)

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    kathleen nutman

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    So Wrong Discovery will pay for birth control pill but not help when needed with infertility baby add to membership so they could run out of members !
    I am with Discovery and both daughters in the country

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      Joe Thwala

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      I support IFAASA that Discovery should cover fertility treatment

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        Suzel hechter

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        I support that medical aids should pay for infertility treatments.

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      Catharina

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      I agree that medical aids must help with infertility my husband is infertil and we realy want a baby

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        Catharina

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        I am on discovery i agree they must support infertility

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      Sannah mabula

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      I agree 100 pecent

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    Pumeza Mzizi

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    I am a discovery main member and have been struggling with conceiving for so time now. i have been diagnosed with fibroids, cyst and endometriosis hence it has been hard to concieve. I am in support of discovery covering infertility.

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    Carol

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    I am a member of Witsmed. Fertility treatment is not a cosmetic treatment or an indulgent choice. Excluding infertility from medical cover implies that it is not a legitimate problem. The UK NHS covers two IVFs for those diagnosed with infertility. I can understand that unlimited cover is problematic, but I really think that no cover is much more problematic.

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      Dino

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      It’s my belief that medical aids should assist their members with legitimate medical claims l, which should most definitely include infertility. I understand the potential complexities around this but surely with the great infrastructures and resources companies such as Discovery have they must be able to compete within the global market, where companies assist members with claims related to infertility.

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    Michelle

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    I have been diagnosed with infertility and have gone through 5 operations to help with the issue and nothing has worked thus far. I still can’t have kids and the lack of funds makes it even more difficult to.

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      Ronel

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      Please help her

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    Zinet

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    I believe all medical aids should assist in infertility!
    If medical schemes can help save people’s lives, how can they not help in creating lives!?!?

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      Reka

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      I strongly agree!!!!

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    Amanda Coetzer

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    This is not something that anybody raise there hand and say “pick me” to go through. You eventually come to a stage in your life where you are force to wave your dreams goodbye due to financial exhaustion.

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    Patiswa

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    I belong to Discovery medical aid. I strongly believe that medical aids should assist with payments for IVF. When you are growing up as a women you don’t ever think that you will struggle to have kids one day in the future. So when you do find out that you cant have kids it added stressed to the couple – emotionally and financially. We pay high premiums monthly and sometimes done even use all the benefits that you have. So it would be helpful to couples that cannot afford it.

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      Pontsho Pilane

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      Hi Patiswa

      I am a journalist from Mail and Guardian and I am working on a story about this issue here. Is it possible that I contact you to here your story and challenges. Please drop me an email on pontshop@mg.co.za.

      Looking forward to hearing from you.

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    Brenda

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    I have been married for 13 years and have been diagnosed with the infertility I have been with discovery for the past 09 years and each tie I have to go for fertility treatment I have to pay so much, truth is in this day and age some people can not be able to afford and thus dashing their hopes of being parents.I would like my medical aid to support married couple living with this condition.

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    Bila

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    i agree

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    Gayle - Discovery Medical Aid

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    The problem is that the Fertility Clinics are charging the earth for IVF and normal people out there are not able to afford it. It is very stressful for us woman to go through this, never mind the emotional side. Woman who can have kids, just don’t understand. We had to take out a loan from our bank, when we tried and it cost us R80k, when it didn’t work, the Fertility Clinic was so clinical about the whole thing and said that when you have the funds again, just come back. A lot of us, don’t have that kind of money just sitting around. It is run like a business, however if these people have gone through the emotional stress that us woman do with this condition, it would help a lot. The fact that we pay so much for medical aid, it would be great, if they could assist in some way…

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    anneeda pekeur

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    Infertility is real.It steals joy,productivity and life.It is time the silence is broken,the stigma must be left behind.Because Medical Aids,like Discovery Health doesn’t want to help or assist couples with Infertility,you are actually making this devastating load,heavier and more unbearable as you are adding more out-of-pocket expenses to this depressing and serious disease.Infertility is lonely,please help and make this heavy load lighter.I thank you sincerly,as I lay here with a tummy full of stitches after an ectopic pregnancy and losing my left tube because of endometriosis.Second cycle of IVF/ISCI,a R100 000 later and lots of surgeries-my heart is still shattered,my womb still empty,but still I will rise,Phenomenal Woman,in the words of Maya Angelou. Kind regards,a Discovery member. Mrs.A.Pekeur

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    Widaad Isaacs

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    It goes without saying, why shouldn’t medical aids assist their clients. My husband and I have tried to conceive for years. We eventually went on fertility treatment and still nothing happend. We eventually stopped with the treatment as it was emotional draining and left us with a huge hole on our pocket. If they don’t want to pay for the full treatment they can at least meet you half way. We are currently with Momentum.

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    Maryam

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    It will truly be a help for couples with infertility,
    I have been trying to conceive for over 13 years and have been diagnosed with unexplained infertility.
    Last year I had IVF treatment, costed me over R45,000, which we had to pay out of our pockets. Unfortunately it still has not worked, and this year we have to save up again.
    It would help if Discovery Health could at least pay a portion of the treatments(medications)/ doctors consultations(which are quite a few trips)/ blood tests( you have to go at least every 2nd day) / the procedures.

    Some couples are do not even get the chance to have the treatments done as they simply cannot afford it.

    We did not ask to have this condition,

    Thanks

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      Pontsho Pilane

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      Hi Maryan

      I am a journalist from Mail and Guardian and I am working on a story about this issue here. Is it possible that I contact you to here your story and challenges. Please drop me an email on pontshop@mg.co.za.

      Looking forward to hearing from you.

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    Lizette Abrahamse

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    Discovery Health
    Have been receiving fertility treatment on and off over the past 7 years with no real assistance or financial support by my medical aid. Still no positive result. Unfortunately at some point this process becomes about the money as very few couples can actually afford fertility treatment. I have only ever been a Discovery member, paying the rather high monthly costs, but not supported in this significant struggle we’ve been dealing with.
    Not falling pregnant naturally is not a choice, not a condition or consequence that I can change. Infertility is a disease. Why would this disease be ignored and discriminated against?

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    annalisa

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    Bankmed. In this day and age more and more women struggle to conceive. We all want to become mothers. Dont take that away from us.

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    Ameerah Holliday

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    It’s about time we take a stand against this!! Medical aids are ripping us off monthly and the cover is ridiculous. I can understand why so many medical professionals refuse to see to discovery medical aid members as all their hard work, education and long hours are not rewarded with their ridiculous pay out rates.

    Families, relationships and women are SUFFERING because they can’t afford to get the best from what they have.

    I am FOR the stand against Discovery.

    Sincerely,
    DIscovery Member

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    Mkateko

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    medical aid GEMS
    I think those medical aid must fund the treatment to allow members access to In Vitro Fertilisation and Intra Uterine Insemination for a recognised disease entity which is also a Prescribed Minimum Benefit (PMB) disease. Infertility

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    Anita Bloom

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    I am on Classic Comprehensive Scheme with Discovery and have been for many many years, i have struggled with infertility for 5 years – after 3 IVF cycles I have a 4 year old daughter. I suffer from stage 4 endometriosis. Fertility treatment was emotionally & financially draining, and the stress was awful. I desperately would love another child, but its taken me 4 years to even be in a place to consider treatment again. Recovering from the financial strain it puts on a married couple makes the emotional strain so much worse… My next IVF cycle will all depend on finances – I am now 37 so my time is running out! It would be an answer to pray for the thousands of couples struggling to conceive and unable to afford treatment, if Discovery Health would just consider assisting in treatments! Please please please! We are all desperate!

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    Siranne van Onselen

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    Every second person I speak to is struggling with infertility issues – myself included going on 5 years now. My husband and I can’t afford IVF treatment on our own unfortunately but we are members of Discovery Health and Vitality and we also have Life policies with Discovery and pay our premiums each month without fail and on time – we have not had any major health issues – we exercise 4 to 5 times per week. Would we not be ideal candidates? Are we not worth it? Not to mention the fact that if we have a baby, our premiums would go up so its a win for Discovery in the long run?

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    Meryl Trollip

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    I am a 30 year old woman & member of Discovery Health. I have been diagnosed with infertility at the age of 28. We don’t have a child/children. It is the most devastating news that any woman can get, yet, there is really not much that we can do about it medically. We are both still fairly young, we do not own companies or drive fancy cars. Infertility treatment-costs sky rocket at the speed of light. Why do people have to suffer by not being able to get the support from medical aid schemes? We cannot afford to go for IVF with our income. It is sad and quite embarresing. It’s discriminating.

    Please, listen to the needs us woman face daily. As if needles, tests, operations, emotions, hormones, far trips to specialists (to name a few) is not enough… please?!

    My 30 old friend who lives in Ireland, has PCOS. They are allowed free IFV treatments, free blood test, free medication… you name it. What makes SA so different? No wonder people leave this country. I would too if I could afford it, at least my chances of becoming a parent would be brighter.

    There are thousands of couples who suffer. We urge you to please support us. Help us heal the pain please.

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    Stacey

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    I am with discovery medical aid. Have been diagnosed with unexplained infertility and have had to fund our fertility treatments for the past 3years. The stress of diagnosis, treatment and accumulating funds has been difficult to deal with. No wonder the divorce rates are so high with infertile couples.

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    Karolin

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    I’m with Discovery. Finding out you can’t conceive a child naturally is devastating, then you are offered a solution only to find out there is a great probability that you won’t be able to afford this option, or end up broke by the time baby comes, because of all the loans you’ve had to take out to make this happen. Infertility is a medical condition, so why is it not covered by Medical Aid? I agree that there can’t be endless funding for this, but I think three IVF treatments per couple is completely reasonable. Give a couple like me a fighting chance, non of us asked for this.

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    Anne Gray

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    I have had 2 artificial insemination treatments, 2 IVF treatments and 2 Frozen Embryo transfers in 4 years. Both my husband and I have physiological conditions leading to our infertility that are beyond our control and are untreatable. What frustrates and upsets me the most is that Discovery sees fertility treatments as “elective”. Neither my husband nor I elected to have the physiological issues we have. Fertility treatment is our ONLY way to have a family.

    I want this included in the PMB – I didn’t choose this condition any more than a diabetic choses diabetes. It should be recognised and covered just the same.

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    Annelie Schenck

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    Finally someone is trying to get through to the medical aids! I support you 100%. Thank you!!

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    Lufuno

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    Please support all dealing with infertility. Infertility is just like any other illness only and it affects rhose dealing with It emotionally , physically , financiallly and otherwise. If other illnesess can be taken seriously then this can too.

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    Anonymous

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    I would like to comment but I would prefer to remain anonymous if that’s ok. I am with Discovery as is my husband. We have been struggling with infertility for years and it has taken such an emotional, mental and financial toll on us. We so desperately want a family and after years of praying hoping and paying for medical aid don’t we deserve that? It’s so easy to ‘get rid of’ an unwanted pregnancy and child, but what about those couples who have done everything physically possible, going as far as to sell off possessions and valuables to have a chance at what others so quickly throw away. There are so many avenues that people can discard of their precious gifts from God. What about me and thousands out there who want nothing more than to be parents. I say if we have to pay these medical aid rates, infertility should be covered. Infertility is just as devastating and life shattering as any other disease! We deserve to be treated with the respect and care that WE PAY FOR!

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    R

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    i am a member of discovery health. i have been diagnosed with endometriosis and so far it has been impossible to fall pregnant for me and we have been trying for 4 years now. i would love discovery to start some form of assistance towards infertility as it is not just people being cured but rather souls. only people with fertility issues will know what i am saying as it is only us that know the feeling of being deprived of children. we cannot afford fertility treatment as i am already pay a whole lot for medical aid.

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    Noma

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    I am a member of discovery health and I strongly feel infertility should be covered. I strongly agree.

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    Meghan King

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    I am with discovery health. They would not pay one cent for anything. Not even my husbands testis biopsy (NOTHING). They said that they would have paid for a testis biopsy for my husband if it was for any other reason (eg suspected growth / tumour etc) but for azoospermia they declined everything. Every month I spend thousands on medication and they cover nothing. And I still pay them every month!

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    Alice

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    Please forward this to all Medical Schemes. I am a member of Fedhealth. I was diagnosed with Endometriosis and we certainly can’t afford to go the IVF route. I think all women who struggle with infertility deserve to become a mom.

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    Chris

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    Fertility issues are medical issues. It is a matter of the body not functioning normally. It is heartbreaking that people must suffer when help is available. It is not cosmetic in nature. It is also not caused by the individual making poor health choices. You can be leading a healthy lifestyle and be infertile.

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      Chris

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      Fertility issues are medical issues. It is a matter of the body not functioning normally. It is heartbreaking that people must suffer when help is available. It is not cosmetic in nature. It is also not caused by the individual making poor health choices. You can be leading a healthy lifestyle and be infertile. Discovery Health…pay attention!

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    Cherie Johnson

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    I am 32 years old and a member of Discovery medical aid.
    With my condition, PCOS, of which infertility is one of the symptoms, I am also at risk for diabetes, heart disease, anxiety and high blood pressure. Surely it should be in Discovery’s interest to assist to get me healthy. With hormone treatments, my body is actually in balance!!! (Except that they do not pay for the hormone therapy…!)

    Another question I would like to pose medical aid scheme is what about nun’s syndrome which is based on the belief that delaying child-bearing is one of the biggest risk factors for developing cancer?

    Surely prevention is better than cure…

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      Pontsho Pilane

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      Hi Cherie Johnson

      I am a journalist from Mail and Guardian and I am working on a story about this issue here. Is it possible that I contact you to here your story and challenges. Please drop me an email on pontshop@mg.co.za.

      Looking forward to hearing from you.

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    Gaelyn

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    I am a discovery member and think it’s unacceptable and discriminatory to exclude couples diagnosed with infertility or fertility related conditions from cover. By all means set parameters of cover and limits to how many cycles will be covered in full/part. The diabetic or hypertensive member receives medication covered by Discovery, why shouldn’t we? I strongly urge Discovery to revisit their decision to exclude fertility treatments from members cover, and consider just how many lives they will change and people they will “dazzle” by taking this step.

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    Natashia Lerm

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    Im a Discovery member. Im struggeling for 7years now to get pregnant. We are trying to save money to go for the ivitro but as all cost ceep going up its not that easy. Its unfair to see people get babys and put them on street. But we really have a need and we know we will be great parents. But cant get pregnant. There are so much couples that get divorced because infertility although they love each other but its just to much stress.

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    Niel

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    We have been trying for 10 years to conceive. Please Discovery,consider helping us!

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    Ella

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    How helpless one feels after trying to conceive for 10 years! No funds to seek futher treatment.
    This is a medical condition yet not recognised by the medical aid.
    Please help us.

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    Fiona

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    I have been a Discovery Health member since I started working 18 years ago. I was diagnosed with stage 2 endermetriosis 3 years ago. I have a dropped womb which makes it even more difficult to have sexual intercourse and fall pregnant naturally. I have seen 3 fertility specialists all at my own expense that have confirmed that I will not be able to conceive a child naturally. My infertility has caused a strain on my marriage as my husband is not prepared to contribute towards IVF treatment. I am a lost with no solution. Couples with infertility are being discriminated against by medical aid such as Discovery.
    Please help and support us.

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    Adriaana Rotherham

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    Dear Discovery. Pls allow one fertility treatment for every 3 years of continuous membership if the cause of infertility can not be treated or explained. All that happens is that infertile couples waste medical savings on repeated doctor visits, treatment for varicoceles/endometriosis, vitamins, laparoscopies, hysteroscopies, repeated spermiograms/blood tests that proves fruitless at the end. Your contribution could be rewarded with a newborn baby who will again contribute towards your medical aid scheme. Perhaps better rates could be negotiated with fertility specialists or perhaps you could make a partial contribution. Research the most effective fertility treatment and focus on only covering that. Members take out expensive loans to cover fertility treatment affecting our budgets which affects our choice of cover. Be the first open m/a to cover this. Make some history.

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    Zanele

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    Please, listen to the needs us woman face daily. I am 29, was diagnosed last year stage 4 endometriosis. I have seen it all. needles, tests, operations, emotions, hormones, far trips to specialists (to name a few) is not nice at all… please?! I am on Classic Saver

    If Discovery Health would just consider assisting in operation and treatments! Please please please! We are all desperate.

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    monique

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    I am a discovery member! I have been diagnosed with pcos I have receives no assistance from my medical aid!!! It ridiculous !! Fees have increased but benefits remain aame….

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    Raeesa

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    I am a member of Discovery Health. I suffer from Endometriosis. Fertility treatments are expensive and it makes it difficult when a medical aid scheme doesn’t assist by contributing. Apart from paying our premiums, people with infertility fork out extra cash for treatments. We really feel isolated and discriminated against. It would be great for our medical aid scheme to contribute. Give us a chance to a family too.

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    Melissa Abrahams

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    I do think medical aid should cover fertility treatments. We pay so much for medical aid and for the one time we actually need to use it…we discovered they don’t cover it. We hardly ever use our medical aid…it’s ridiculous! This is GEMS Medical aid that we have.

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    Kathy

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    I’ve been a Discovery Health member for 10yrs, and at age 25 was ‘diagnosed’ with unexplained infertility. I spent bucket loads on 7 IVF’s plus IUI and various other treatments over the years. In the end, 8yrs later I gave birth to prem twins at 33wks. They were in NICU for 23 days, costing you, Discovery Health R500,000. 3 rounds of IVF would not have cost that much!!

    Please Discovery Health – stop discriminating against us. I did not choose to be infertile.

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    Marli

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    GEMS, I am new to the scheme, so I am not sure exactly what they pay and do not pay. I have stage 4 endometriosis (28 years old, was diagnosed last year )and after an unsuccesfull IUI, the Dr explained that our next step will be IVF. If medical aids assist in the payment it will make the stress for sucess and the financial pressure a lot less. I just feel that there is nothing we could have done to prevent this desease, it is not a lifestyle desease, it is something we have no control over.

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    Loraine Odendal

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    I feel Infertility is a conditition that prevents you from conceiving and NOT a disease. It is referred to as a disease but not covered the same as other self inflicted diseases. It really hurts being told by you medical aid (Discovery Health) that your “disease” is not covered. I agree that medical aids should assist with IVF treatments for married couples.

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    Lesego Batsietseng

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    I’m with discovery and will really appreciate if they can cover all infertility treatments and 100%

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    anzel oreilly

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    We’ve been trying to conceive for 6 years now, 3 IUI’S and ICSI, still hasn’t work. Its very expensive and with the current state of our countries financial affairs, there will not be any funds soon to pay for another try on IVF. We pay our medical aid membership every month and would love if they could give you something that is worth all that money. I’ve been diagnose with severe stage of endometriosis, and are begging Discovery to please assist us people that have a empty space in our harts that needs to be filled with love of a child.

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    Maria Ventura

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    Member of Discovery Health and diagnosed in 2006. Is really no support and we pay so much. I agree why not have support from your medical aid for treatments?

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    Bronwyn Le Roux

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    I am on Discovery Health. Please Discovery consider us women diagnosed with Endometriosis & PCOS. We so want to have the chance to have children but unfortunately due to the major financial for IVF or IA this is not possible.
    I do agree if IVF or AI are introduced it will stop many women & men undergoing surgery.

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    Cheryl Jones

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    Discovery Medical Aid is supposed to supports healthy lifestyle choices and well-being. As a women we are created to bare children.. To be deprived of that privilege, is criminal to the soul… A part of you dies and is always missing.
    As it is what we as WOMEN were created to do …!!!
    I know… as sadly i am one of them… and the cost of fertility treatment puts my dream out of reach, as it does for so many others.

    I can’t understand why Discovery wouldn’t whole heartedly then support this lifestyle choice?
    If you had to ask any mother what is the best thing that ever happened to them… They would say: “Having a child.” I pray that Discovery would hear our needs and consider this precious gift of life!

    As Zinest says: “I believe all medical aids should assist in infertility!
    If medical schemes can help save people’s lives, how can they not help in creating lives!?!?”

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    Jade King

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    I am with Momentum Health and believe all medical aids should cover fertility treatment.
    I am a 34-year old woman with endometriosis and severe scarring due to a perforated colon following a laparoscopy. Like all the other women that have commented, I think infertility comes with enough emotional, physical & psychological issues; that the financial burden further decreases chances of success.

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    stacie

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    We are with discovery. I am 29 years old and can’t conceive naturally. We have to do IVF and don’t have the amount of money lying around to do the procedure. If the medical aids would pay for 0ne treatment of IVF at least it would be a big help. This is not cosmetic, infertility is a serious thing and it’s affecting more and more couples

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    Nishaat Kajee

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    I am with Discovery and have been seeing fertility specialists for the past 5 years . I’m now 27 years old and the amount of money I’ve had to save and borrow in this short space of time is ridiculous – all because medical aid schemes can’t see the bigger picture and assist .

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    RF Witbooi

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    Im with polmed!! I totally agree because ive been through two operations following treatment without any results!!! And treatment does not come cheap!!!

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    Sue Stuart

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    We are on Discovery’s Classic Comprehensive scheme currently, but were also with Topmed for some of the time we spent trying to conceive. We saved for years for our 4 IVFs and were fortunate that our daughter was conceived on our 4th treatment. By the time she was born I was 39 and by the time I was ready to even consider trying again I was well into my 40s and didn’t want to take a chance with a high risk pregnancy. If medical aid had helped pay for treatments we might have been pregnant sooner and possibly had the chance at trying for a second child. If medical aids pay for drug rehab – the result of something that is self inflicted – then surely they should cover the disease that is infertility!

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    Elouise Cloete

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    I am 38 years of age and have been struggling with infertility since the age of 21 when I was first diagnosed with endometriosis. At the age of 23 I lost an ovary due to the disease and was advised by Discovery at the time that I had to fund my own Lupron Depo treatment (a six months treatment) as my diagnosis was not cancer & Lupron is used for CANCER!? Fast Forward 13 years later, still no child and still endometriosis with endless laparoscopies…Finally we could afford our 1st IVF treatment when I was 36 and was informed by our Fertility Specialist that I have premature ovarian failure due to the fact that I had lost my ovary at such a young age. If only we were given the assistance from a financial point of view, we would have & could have addressed the infertility issue alot sooner, before my egg reserve ran out. Now, at the age of 38, the only option is Donor Occytes. A journey we embarked on earlier this year (as it took 2 years to save up for this treatment), yet, another failed treatment cycle, which could be because of endometriosis and scar tissue formed in my uterus from all the previous operations & endometriosis.

    Infertility is devastating. All medical aid schemes should please look at your PMB;. If drug rehabilitation is offered to recovering addicts, why not offer a similar treatment plan to couples suffering from infertility?

    We urge you to please support thousands of infertile couples across the country and help alleviate this devastating diagnosis.

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    Vivian

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    I am with Discovery
    Tried IUI twice and was not successful, we are not getting younger and would have been nice if Discovery will assist us woman who actually want a baby. We used all our savings on both tries and medical aid is just not interested in assisting us as woman who battle.

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    Sam

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    I am a member of Discovery Health. I am 26 years old and have to do ICSI in order to fall pregnant.
    Not only is infertility a physical problem but it also effects a person emotionally. Discovery should cover the councilors specialising in fertility as well as all forms of treatment whether it be ICSI IVF or artificial insemination.

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    lauren

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    Discovery should offer assistance to couples. So many people can’t have children because of the costs

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    Kristy Scholtz

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    My husband and I are Discovery Health members. We have been struggling to conceive for over 3 years. We are both 31 years old. We are healthy people. Doctors cannot find a reason for our infertility. We have been told that our best chance of success will be with IVF. This is extremely costly for us. It would be wonderful if our medical aid would help to cover the cost of a few treatments. This is a legitimate condition that should be recognised. This is actually a relatively cheap condition for medical aids to cover when compared to many other conditions. The current cost of a knee replacement surgery is R180 000. The current cost of IVF is R55000. IUI and IVF does not even require an overnight stay in the hospital. I would recommend that medical aids should cover the cost of 3 artificial inseminations and 3 IVF’s for members. It is absolutely disgusting that infertility patients should be denied cover for this condition.

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    Venisha Jagjewan

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    I have been with Bankmed and Momentum and neither have covered any of my medical expenses related to fertility, which is my only health need.

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    Mrs Govender

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    Mrs Govender
    I am a Discovery member. I share the sentiments of the writers above. I support the campaign for ALL medical aids to cover infertility treatments.

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    Melanie Pool

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    I’ve been with Discovery Health for over 15 years. I’ve had 13 Zift treatments in order to become a Mom, paid for by myself. I support fertility and IVF, Discovery, please bring your side!

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    T

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    I m a bonitas medical aid member that is reaping us of but failing to pay for my infertility issues I m 100% behind this demand for the medical aid to start payin because we don’t even use all of the money by the end of financial year. So why not pay for infertility treatment though? Every woman deserve to have a chance to be a mom.

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    Natecha Maartens

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    I am a discovery member for many years now. My infertility is due to a chronic illness called endometriosis. I absolutely agree with the campaign! Infertility is not something that is a choice. I have been trying to conceive for 8 years now. It would be great if medical Aids could at least help with some of the costs.

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      Meligo

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      Can’t agree more..Infertility is more serious in the sense that it stays with the affected person for life if not reversed….Medical Aids should cover this.

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    Colette Steyn

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    Remedi. Wont cover any of my meds for treatment of PCOS. Counts are not abnormally out of range, according to the feedback i received. But when you register on their so called wellness program, you get penalised for these same counts and results. If you can cover for HIV, which is preventable, why would you not cover for these diseases all related to infertility? This was not preventable, or a choice.

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    Natalie Göldner

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    Discovery Health: We have been trying to conceive since 2009 (7 yrs). I has my left Fallopian tube removed and suffer from endometriosis and have been seen numerous fertility doctors over the years. After numerous times on femara and clomed our next step is to have an IUI, which ranges in price R7000-R10000 per session. Who has this type of money just lying around? It takes time to save up for this. Our only other option is to get credit but then we land ourselves in debt. I fully support IFASSA and their mission whole heartedly in this regard

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    Yolanda de klerk

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    I am with Discovery and have been for many operations to help conceive. We have gone through IVF with Medfem and was blessed with a beautiful daughter. Nothing was covered by the medical aid. We would love a second child but just cannot afford another IVF session so we are back to the opperations that are covered by the medical aid.

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    Rene Rognoni

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    Been paying for IVf for 11 years. Discovery paid for nothing. It is killing us as our biological clocks are ticking and we have to move soo long due to the enormous financial burden. Its even worse than the emotional trauma

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    Christin Hunter

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    Infertility is a very real and devastating condition. The financial implications add insult to injury. I appreciate that medical aids would not be able to provide unlimited cover, but surely there is a sensible middle ground.

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    Nicola Botha

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    We have been diagnosed with infertility 5 years ago. Have paid outbof pocket for iui and last year ivf. No luck so far. I have been with 2 medical aids in the 5 years. First discovery and now momentum. I have had no support from either. Discovery paid for endonsurgery but everything else we paid for. Now a simple thing like a monthly medication is not even paid for by momentum. This is utterly frustrating and you pay monthlybcontributions of almost 3500 for just two members. Medical aids must wake up. This is an illness like any other. None of us asked for it. A controlled environment like 3 ivf single embie transfers willngo a long way and at the very least give everyone a fair chance.

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    Ingrid Robertson

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    This is heart breaking. After many, many years, we have 2 babies through surrogacy. Not one cent was covered by our medical aid, Discovery. Our annual tax rebates assisted with ongoing attempts BUT, we eventually sold our house so we could continue treatment.

    One would think Discovery is forward thinking and would be the fore runners in including infertility treatment with other medical aid funds following their lead.

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    gerda

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    Member of GEMS in their benefit schedule they mention infertility aothough i am unable to make use of any benefit and am being ignored.

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    Minton basson

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    I am with Fedhealth. I lost two babies before my daughter was born. I needed to be on extra hormones and blood thinners, none of which was covered and cost me close to R600 a month. You pay so much for medical aid yet you end up paying cash for everything.

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    Sonya Maharaj

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    I am with Discovery Health and have been for 5 IUI’s paid from my own pocket now I need to go for IVF which is costing 65k and I would really appreciate it if Discovery Health could help us out with at least half of the cost. Infertility is not a choice and should be covered by medical aid.

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    Mary-Ann

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    I totally agree that Discovery should pay for limited treatment i.e. 3 ivf treatments. My husband and I have been trying for 11 years to fall pregnant.

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    Masego

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    They just want ti benefit themselves…medical aids are a big scam

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    Katherine

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    The only way my husband and myself can conceive is through IVF. Being so costly, we will probably never have a family. We are both on discovery medical aid and in all the years of paying monthly installment, both myself and my husband have ever only been in hospital once each (both for a quick and minor day procedure). I think that IVF should be covered in full by all medical aids as starring a family is something everyone should have the opportunity to experience. Just think about how many extra customers you would get on board if you were to offer this option to members?

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    vineshni

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    Totally agree, I tried for 7 years and had no medical support. We had to visit different doctors and they all suggested IVF. What a process but IVF definitely worked. We pay for medical aid this is not a benefit why are they dictating what should be allowed or not. DISCOVERY should reconsider and all other medical schemes out there. We pay our bills it’s not a free service.

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    Nthato

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    It’s mind boggling how contraceptives and elective abortions are covered, but not the aiding in bring a life into this world.

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      Susann

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      That is so true.

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    Tamryn

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    Discovery
    I have PCOS & struggled to fall pregnant. I had to pay for all of my fertility treatment else it would have come out of my savings & I would have had no medical aid for the rest of the year.
    Infertility affects so many people & I truly think it’s time for medical aids to come to the party.

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    Caren

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    Discovery. Why can you not treat infertility, like you treat every other disease that is covered under your scheme. I’ve undergone countless IVF’s and have finally, after years, managed to fall pregnant. The cost outlay for all the treatments was extensive and not a single cent paid for anything but doctors visits. Even medication was queried by Discovery and after a battle, was finally paid out. Infertility affects all of us, men and women and, again, is just like a disease. From endometriosis to PCOS, you need to start looking at all the aspects of Infertility in order to provide coverage Discovery, just as you provide coverage for all other diseases.

    Infertiles are not looking to take Discovery for a “free ride”, so to speak, but if your gynae/fertility specialist can endorse your condition with a letter stating that you suffer from PCOS or endometriosis or the other countless ailments that women who struggle to fall pregnant have, why can’t it be covered or at least, cover a portion of the costs?

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    Nukusy

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    I am on Umvuso Health scheme.

    I have PCOS and getting pregnant is a challenge. The amount of money i have paid for my treatments have been crazy, i now have to try IVF and it would be such a blessing for a medical aid to be able to fund such treatments. If there was any medical aid that covers such, even if it is not part of the schemes that my employer covers for, i would still join and pay the medical aid out of my own pocket because in the end it would still be cheaper than the R70 000 i must fork out for IVF without even a guarantee of success

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    Kea Malatji

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    I am is support of the proposal that medical aid schemes should cover infertility treatment. I am a member of Discovery and have been battling to conceive for pver 5years. I am considering going for IVF and certainly would need to pay out of my own pocket yet I am paying for medical aid premiums monthly.

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    Dwayne

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    Any medical aid contribution / assistance would be welcomed toward the costly treatment.

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    Lisa Swart

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    I am on Discovery Medical Aid, and we are now undergoing our second run of fertility treatments. We have already had one child. I would easily estimate that this process has already cost us around R200000, and I would welcome the opportunity for this to change to be covered by our Medical Aid. Please could this seriously be debated as there are some families out there that cannot do this without going into serious finanacial debt.

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    Wikus

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    My wife and I are Discovery members and could not fall pregnant. We went through 4 cycles of IVF treatment and fortunately we could fund these ourselves. Discovery obviously refused to pay. It was the one time we called our Discovery to assist but to no avail. I don’t think we have had any other hospitalization treatments during the last 5 years and so they are making a killing off us. What about all those who can’t afford the expense treatment. On the face of it it seems quite disgusting, selfish and smells of corporate greed at the expense of your members. In view of this I have zero goodwill towards Discovery but it happens to be our medical aid.

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    Mark Leathers

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    I agree – definitely something medical aid should consider covering. As someone who has been through the infertility process and undergone testing etc with Vitalab, we can vouch for the amount of money this costs and at minimum the full testing and diagnostic procedures should be covered.

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    NNdebele

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    Truly disappointing that Discovery refuses to assist with fertility treatments. Unacceptable in this day and age given that the costs are prohibitive for the average Discovery customer.

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    Meagan Rabe

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    I fully support this application.

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    Luleka

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    I agree! discovery should cover IVF treatment it’s about time!

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    Rowena

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    I am currently with Discovery Health. I share the sentiments,comments and feelings of all the above, it would be greatly beneficial if Discovery would reconsider covering infertility.

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    Nadia Meyer

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    We are also members of Discovery Health and have been through IVF already, it cost us a fortune and I feel its not something we ask for, my husband was born with a condition which results in a very low sperm count..
    It was the most stressful time for us as we had no help from our medical aid… but yet we pay so much for it.
    I agree with all the above posts and strongly recommend that medical aids assist in some way… Please consider us…

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    njongonkulu

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    I support the campaign by IAFAASA wholeheartedly. Its inconceivable that people who struggle to have children could be denied assistance by Discovery on grounds which no one understands. I hope that the powers that be at Discovery will consider this petition and review their position in the very near future.

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    Hennie Prinsloo

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    I fully support IFAASA’s efforts. We also have infertility problems in our family. Without funds the joys of being a parent is taken away for many couples.

    I am a member of Momentum Health.

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    Susann

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    Dear Discovery,
    I have paid your exorbitant fees for more than a decade. Now, when I need it most – you are not paying for my infertility treatments. If I was taken seriously by the gynaecologists and they took the time to look into my complaints I would not have had to go through this. I have endometrioses and adenomyosis – which also causes my severe iron deficiency, which in turn causes a whole host of other issues. The point is, infertility is a medical issue that is treated by specialists and should be covered by medical aids like yourself. Infertility and the high costs of IVF and treatments has devastating psychological implications – which in the end costs you.
    You enjoy making a profit. I don’t enjoy being the one that always have to hear how much profit you make while you refuse to pay for my treatments.

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    Nerisa Naidoo

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    I am on Discovery Health as well.
    I also had many problems trying to concieve – done IVF through Medfem. Did not work.
    Through all the struggles of wanting to have a child – money should not be a factor preventing it to happen. IVF is expensive & we submitted to medical aid and did not get any money back. it does put a strain on your life.
    thankfully after all this & 4years of trying we finally got our Angel naturally – a Miracle – a baby girl!
    i do know the feeling of wanting and wondering why not me – so i understand the pain and tears these ladies have shed and are still shedding over the years.
    Medical Aids should be here to help us since it is our money at the end of the day!

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    Bronwyn

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    My husband and I have been on Discovery for a number of years, have our home insurance and gym contracts with Discovery and we cannot seem to understand the non acceptance of infertility as a recognized disease which requires medical assistance in the form of a treatment plan from our medical aid which we are paying extremely high fees for absolutely nothing serious but flu medication. We are a young couple of 31 spending close to R75 000 simply for IVF within 1 year – CASH, commencing our 3rd IVF cycle next month making it over R120 000 for medical reproductive assistance. Our entire lives have been placed on hold financially however we are paying monthly for medical aid which has been anything but beneficial and could be used in our payments toward our IVF cycles. Medical Aids including Discovery need to look further into assisting the community and woman in particular by offering a medical reproductive treatment plan even if a certain portion could assist, despite the psychological implications of dealing with Infertility and IVF treatments which most woman utilize their medical aid to consult with psychologists, the financial burden for treatment does not make dealing with the medical illness any better and further causes strain in your marriage or relationships.

    As customers of the medical aid we plead for consideration of infertility medical treatment plans, you will be assisting so many woman which will give hope to so many making the treatment possible for them.

    Thank you

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    Yolanda Cronje

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    I am on Discovery Health Scheme.

    It cost us well over 100K to fall pregnant and not even mentioning the emotional trauma that follows. Discovery and all other medical schemes should step up to the game and help their patients in this extremely difficult journey. We are not looking for freebies, just a financial helping hand.

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    Cindy Beukes

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    I’m the main member on our Medical aid with discovery.
    We also struggled to fall pregnant last year all the test and appointments cost us a small fortune. i struggle with Endometrioses and my womb is miss-formed so I had to go for an operation before i could fall pregnant but by God’s blessed us with a miracle baby before I had to go for the opp.

    I agree we pay so much for a medical Aid and yet have so many stuff we still need to pay out of our pocket.
    Fertility is expensive and Discovery must pay for this!!

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    Jennifer

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    Infertility treatment should be covered by medical aid.

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    Tertia

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    I am on the Discovery Comprehensive Medical Scheme
    No one asks for this. Infertility is a serious and very traumatic experience. I have been through this with my ex husband, and it was very traumatic for me. This is not a luxury or extra expense… not being able to conceive… there’s nothing worse! Medical Aids can at least contribute!

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    Sharon

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    I have been trying to conceive for +- 6 years went through 1 IVF which cost R40K besides the emotional stress we have to deal with the financial stress .Biological clock is ticking and we cant afford to make loans for another “possible ” failed IVF . We pay such high premiums on medical aids and dont use half of it ,this is not self inflicted so have a heart and help someone have the family they always wanted .

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    Tanja

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    I agree that medical aids should assist financially with fertility treatments. However, the fertility clinics need to be regulated. I have had many inconsistent diagnoses made by a fertility clinic resulting in me opting for expensive fertility treatments when eventually an inexpensive treatment resulted in my baby. Also, I feel the treatments are overpriced with the patient taking all the risk.

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    Sam Divaris

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    I am with Discovery Health.

    I agree that medical aids should fund fertility treatment.

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    Brittany Peterson

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    I am on Discovery and have undergone the initial treatments for fertility over a period of six months due to the costs. The results have come back and us having to do IVF which is a lot of money and we are unable to afford doing the treatments. We are looking at every possible way to get the money together but will be a long and emotional ride before we even have the funds to start. Fertility treatments are not cosmetic and should be covered by the medical aid. Please help us and the people out there to have the children they deserve!

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    Elrein

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    I am with Discovery and we are also one of those couples can not have a baby on our own and need the help of invitro. This would be great and financially this will put us in a position to be able to have a baby and still save instead of having to pay for these costly procedures.

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    Evette

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    Help us make our dreams come true Discovery Health!!!!!!!!

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    vicki

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    Being infertile is a sickness which none of us asked for and would not wish on our worst enemy. I believe strongly that our medical aids should consider contributing to helping us with this illness as you do with most other chronic illnesses and diseases. It should not be a question, with the support of medical aids we can only gain More information and solutions to this horrific condition which not only crushes your future but effects your mental condition for years to come. With your support we can have a louder voice and help those struggling in silence. Too many years of this pain can only cause worse conditions which you may strangely cover but could be avoided if you help us over one infertility.

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    Leonette Steyn

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    I myself have been through fertility treatment. Me and my husband are also members of Discovery Health and it would have helped a lot if we could have gotten the financial support from Discovery Health. Getting fertility treatment is a huge emotional burden itsself and to not worry about the financial aspect of it would certainly make this journey a little bit more bearing!

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    Nadia Larsen

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    I have been married for 5 years and have suffered with infertility since then, I have never been able to ovulate on my own due to PCOS and have endometriosis, I did not ask to be born with these problems this is a medical condition and Medical aids are there to support patients with medical conditions, my husband and I are both with discovery health and have spent a fortune on all forms of treatments until now, our final option is IVF which is going to cost a small fortune however this is not for pleasure and is necessary so we have to do it. I hereby ask Discovery health especially to see that we do not want to have unnecessary procedures done we just want assistance treating our medical condition.

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    Mandy Baartman

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    I agree that Discovery should include and cover Infertility treatments.

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    margaret vorster

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    Discovery should cover IVF, its quite a disappointment that they don’t cover as this is a medical condition. Infertility affects all of us, men and women, i dont see how medical aids can cover all the other things like abortions and the pill but when it comes to infertility they dont cover shocking. as everyone wants a family.

    MEDICAL AID SHOULD COVER THIS, THIS IS ALSO ONE OF THE REASONS WHY YOU PAY MEDICAL AID!!

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    Adriaan

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    Discovery Member.

    Hopefully i will not be the only male adding a comment to this cause.
    My wife and i are still both young and in relatively good health. Within the year we got married i was shocked to find out that i suffered from unexplained maturation arrest. Seeing that the problem was solely on my part i quickly checked our options and was unpleasantly surprised to find out that our medial aid would not assist us financially with any treatments. Without wasting any time (which is very precious when going the ART route) i had to loan the money, and i think many people opt to loan money for the costs of their ART so they can start asap.

    Hope that IFAASA can bring about change.

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    Hester

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    Dear Discovery
    I am a member, but I am also in the very unfortunate position not be able to conceive naturally. I wish things were different… Today I am very sad. Last week I had a failed IVF procedure. It was our second attempt. We paid for it ourselves. I am 36 years and in two months I will be 37. I am actually considering suicide as I do not see a reason to continue life, without a child, as we do not have the finances to try again.

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    Comfort Mazo

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    My family is on discovery. It was so painful and heartbreaking when I realised that the medical aid in have been with for year doesn’t cover or come to my aid when I need it most. Please dear discovery hear our cries.

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    Mrs Jacqui Goncalves

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    I am a Discovery health member and my husband is the main member, we want to have a baby and need IVF but it is very expensive so we have to save 1st to be able to pay for our treatment.
    This treatment is emotionally and financially draining now we have added stress to get more money to pay for the treatment we require.
    We pay high premiums monthly for medical aid so why should we not have the opportunity to benefit IVF treatment through medical aid? At least a portion thereof?
    What is the point of medical aid if you are limited?

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    Rhoda

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    I also believe all medical aids should assist in infertility!
    I am a member of Discovery Health.

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    Anneri Oosthuizen

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    I totally agree that this should be covered by your medical aid as it is a recognised and described disorder that negatively affects lives. Therefore treatment is needed and should covered by the medical aid that you pay each month for exactly this reason.

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    Sue

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    We all love Discovery now let Discovery love us back, help all of us women in need. What an amazing medical aid would that be, every woman would be on Discovery if they offered that.

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    Derick

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    C’mon Discovery, do the right thing. Waiting in anticipation.

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    Ann

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    Wow I am so grateful that IFAASA is taking a stand for all of us who are struggling with infertility. I recently completed my second round of IVF. I am now thankfully 10 weeks pregnant! The road here was long, emotional, sad, and extremely expensive. Like so many other ladies have mentioned in their comments, infertility is not something you choose. Its not easy to deal with the diagnosis and the treatment in order to do something about your diagnosis and eventually become pregnant is not pleasant at all! I cannot imagine anyone going through countless intrusive tests, injections, egg retrievals, hormone tablets, finally the embryo transfer and then ….. more hormones, just for fun. It is a lonely road on which you often feel isolated and a lesser woman. One that cannot perform the most basic female function of becoming pregnant. You pray and you wish every month that maybe this month will be the month that you get your good news. Until finally you accept your condition and accept that you will need help in order to reach your dream. In short infertility is something you struggle and pray through with only a little spec of hope here and there. I am a Discovery’s Health client, who received little to no support through this journey. They paid for some of my blood tests and medication, but this was only a drop in the ocean. To give you an idea, my treatment was done over a period of 4 months and costs me around R87,000 and my medical aid paid for blood tests and medication amounting to about R5,000. I fully and whole heatedly support the request for Discovery and all medical aids for that matter to offer support for Infertility treatments. Personally I think they should cover initial tests and treatments and then at least 3 IVF attempts. Whatever medical aid does finally decide to offer cover for infertility treatment will truly be the market leader and give their members what they want and need.

    Thank you once again for your open letter to Discovery Health! I hope they hear us!!!!!

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    Pranil Singh

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    Fertility treatment will add a member to the medical aid and also assist in the mental and physical well-being of the parents as there is no better joy or motivation to live healthier than having a child

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    Charlene

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    As mentioned, infertility can be life shattering to many couples and even more so when they realize that they can’t afford fertility treatments due to the astronomical costs involved. We had to undergo fertility treatment, after discovering the shocking news that we will never be able to conceive naturally. Our costs added up to almost R70 000, and if not for a very supportive family, we would’ve never been able to cover this cost. For many R70 000 is unobtainable and they have to face the reality that they will never have children. Is this fair? No, it is not and therefore I support IFFAASA in their mission to ask Medical Aids to start covering fertility treatments.

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    Yvonne

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    My husband and I are Discovery Health members. We have been struggling to conceive for over 3 years. My fallopian tubes was blocked and tried IVF two years ago but unfortunately was not succeed and due to the high costs and without Medical support I don’t know when I will be able to try again. I am almost reach 40 years old. It would be wonderful if our medical aid would help to cover the cost of a few treatments. I would recommend that medical aids should cover the cost of artificial inseminations and or IVF’s for members.

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    Lu

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    I am a member of Discovery Health Medical Scheme for 15 years now.
    My wife has been diagnosed with Endometriosis and Fibroids in the Womb. We are married now for 15 years and have not been able to conceive since the same time. IVF seems to be our only option, but due to the high cost, we simply cannot afford it. If medical aid were to cover IVF, this would definitely give us hope of finally completing the family both me and my wife have so long been dreaming off.

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    Leandi

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    I am so frustrated with Discovery Health. I am on the Classic Comprehensive plan. I pay A LOT of money to be on this plan.

    I have a chronic illness for which discovery only covers 3 medicines out of 18. This is also the reason why I couldn’t carry my own child. We now have a little baby growing with a gestational surrogate, and we are thrilled to become new parents. The IVF and costs surrounding it cost us R250 000.

    But this is the worst for me: When I phoned Discovery Health to ensure that they know we have a gestational surrogate giving birth to our child and we also want a private room to be able to be with our child at birth, they simply said NO. So how am I supposed to be with my baby? How am I going to feed MY baby. How can they not see how important this is.

    Their answers:
    1. Omdat daar geen ICD 10 kode vir jou gaan wees (fisiese mediese prosedure wat jy self moet ondergaan) kan Discovery nie vir my ‘n magtiging gee om jou hospitaal koste te betaal vir jou “verblyf” nie.
    2. ALHOEWEL indien jou dokter n kwaliserende motivering met ‘n ICD 10 kode kan gee (bv spesifieke psigiese rede) en hy kan dit motiveer by discovery kan ons moontlik vir hierdie rede ‘n magtiging probeer reel,

    My broker: Discovery is baie streng rondom hoe wettig die redes vir hospitalisering is en die dr’s is versigtig hiermee omdat hulle lisensies opgeskort kan word. Alhoewel ek dink dis dalk ‘n moontlikheid indien dit vir die regte mediese redes is.

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    Louise Jackson

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    I wholeheartedly support this. I’m on a Discovery Classic Saver plan. This infertility journey has been both emotionally and financially taxing. The irony is that I’ve been healthy my entire life (only a tonsillectomy to speak of) and now, with infertility struggles, we’ve had to pay for 2 endometriosis ops, countless blood tests, countless consultations and further tests, timed cycles, one IVF cycle, 3 d&c’s because of miscarriage, as well as supplements and medication – and all the costs of which come out of a medical savings account that is depleted after one consultation and the first round of blood tests. As a couple, it is devastating and it adds a huge stress to one’s marriage. Come on Medical Aids (not only Discovery) – wake up!

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    Dima

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    I agree DISCOVERY should cover all the necessary treatment for infertility as its a disease like any other.

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    delania antoun

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    I personally believe without a doubt that if discovery medical aid would make infertility and fertility treatment cover available not only would 85% of medical aid members would change from their current medical aid membership to discovery because no other medical aid has such cover so for discovery business would sky rocket and greatly increase as well as make it available by means of affordability to achieve having a child or more but because not everyone has R70000 laying around to have the opportunity to make a family or become a mother because unfortunately for many woman and men today to conceive naturally is more and more difficult these days why nobody knows but discovery could make that a possibility if they would offer cover for this very sensitive and difficult issue.

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    Elaine prowse

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    I have had 2 etopic pregnancies and over 8 miscarriages we is terribly heart breaking. It would be a blessing from God if Discovery health would open their hearts and minds to infertility. You would be helping couples who desperately are trying to conceive but can’t afford the treatment. Please help us to care and love our own flesh and blood. Please😢

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    Geri

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    Discovery makes a lot of money with premiums paid by its members. It’s appalling that Discovery refuses to pay for infertility treatment as if this is a self inflicted illness. Doesn’t Discovery pay for rehab n things like that..what makes infertility any different.
    Most of us can’t afford IVF and are forced to use methods only God knows could be detrimental to our health.

    Discovery needs to learn to put people’s health needs first instead of trying to satisfy the bellies of their investors.

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    Samira

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    For couples unable to conceive, fertility treatment- at any level- is not a luxury, its a necessity. For any medical aid scheme not to consider infertility a real and devastating health issue, is not only archaic but discriminatory. Women should have the same medical care cover for reproductory health and as any other health issue or disease.

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    Tamsin

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    Infertility is a soul-destroying diagnosis. Aside from the emotional trauma and stress the financial stress added to this just compounds this very sensitive issue. Overseas medical aids pay for infertility treatment and I would think that Discovery as a leading medical aid provider in South Africa would follow suit of other first world countries. You would expect them to be at the forefront of such modern day issues. I’ve also heard that certain other SA medical aids such as CAMAF cover some parts of fertility treatment (however this medical aid is unfortunately not available to the general public). Perhaps if there were more female decision makers at Discovery’s top level management this situation would see some progress.

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    Mari Victor

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    The problem is that Medical aids are more interested in making money than helping their members. So this is a GREAT letter and initiative, and I do hope it will be successful, for the growth of the population, for the happiness for thousands of people who would love to have a child. We did IVF treatments as we couldn’t fall pregnant naturally, and thank goodness for that possibility, we now have a beautiful little Girl. We would have done it much earlier in our life if we could have done it through our medical aid, so we took much longer to have kids, because we had to have money first. Come Discovery – be a leader and a helper!!

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    Kevin Kleinhans

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    I am with Bonitas.
    It is high time that all Medical Aid Institutions start covering Infertility, which is a Prescribed Minimum Benefit (PMB) disease. This should also include IVF!!

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    malini singh

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    I am with Discovery Medical Aid and am diagnosed with Endometriosis and Infertility for 12 years now. Infertility is a heartwrenching, and devastating to say the least. It steals your joy, your life, breaks down your self confidence and shatters your dreams. infertility is real and serious. It is not caused by making poor health choices and neither is it cosmetic in nature. We never asked to be inflicted with this condition. It is an emtionally and financially draining situation to the couple dealing with it. Medical Aid schemes would do well to cover this condition that affects not just the mind and body but the soul too. It wouldn’t be such a sad and lonely road if there was more support and help as with every other illness/disease…

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    Anonymous

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    I wholeheartedly definitely support it that Discovery Health, and ALL other medical aids, pay for three rounds of IVF. I am extremely fortunate to have fallen pregnant with IVF. However, our entire infertility experience has been the most traumatic, stressful and life changing experience of our lives. Not only do most people make you feel like a freak for not being able to just procreate when you decide to set your mind on it, but to top it off, even your medical aid is basically telling you that your problem is not a “real disease” because they are not willing to pay for its treatment. You struggle is yours alone. So this is a call on Discovery Health to be the pioneer in South Africa in helping thousands of couples to experience the deepest of joys and the biggest miracle of life: the ability to have children. You help us to fight to keep living our lives if we are diagnosed with cancer for example, please help us in our fight to creat life when we are diagnosed with infertility!

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    Sandra

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    I agree that medical aids should cover Infertility treatment. There should definitely be terms and conditions related to number of treatments and even cut off ages (yes, as a 42 year old woman, I understand that eventually there is a time when I have to make the decision to stop trying at the risk of the child and myself being healthy.

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    Amy

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    Agree, it should be covered by medical aid.

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    Chandre Jannon

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    Infertility is a huge issue for many couples and a costly condition that often has to come out of your own pocket as procedures and treatment plus the drugs and possible IVF costs are exorbitant. It is ironic that many conditions are covered, which are diseases caused by lack of a healthy lifestyle. …yet not infertility.
    To compound matters these same couples are probably contributing a lot to SARS as well, but only get a small refund in the case of IVF treatment. They also pay huge contributions to their medical aids…what for.?
    Come on medical aids ….get real. …it’s not just all about profit…

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    Sajidah

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    I fully agree.i have been married for 8 years now and desperately want a child but cannot concieve due to infertility.its heart breaking especially because there are medical means of conceiving but i cannot afford it.i am in the process of joining discovery and if i was given the option of using discovery for ivf treatment then i would be the happiest person in the world knowing that we dont have to give up simply because we dont have the money for it.

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    Michelle

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    We’ve been battling with infertility for years now and have been a member of Discovery since 2005, its horrifying that infertility is not covered by Discovery or any other medical aid in SA. We have been through 2 ivfs – totalling +- R150 000 not to mention the consultations, other infertility treatments and operations. If infertility is not a disease then how does diabetes, HBP, cholesterol, etc gets recognised as diseases. Infertility is a real disease suffered by many couples in silence. The emotional trauma, heartache and not to mention the financial trauma that gets suffered by couples on a daily basis. Overseas medical aids cover infertility why is not covered in SA? PLS PLS PLS DISCOVERY – THIS IS A PRAYER FOR HELP!

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      thulani

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      I am a member of discovery, We’ve been trying to have children for the past of 8 years now. Honesty we can’t afford to pay all this IVF consultation…It’s about time for our Medical aid to pay for us..pls pls

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    Anthea Weber

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    I am a Discovery member and suffer from infertility due to ruptured appendix. I am currently undergoing IVF treatment which is a huge expense. But this is out weighed by my desire to have another child. I find it unacceptable that my medical will not pay or help in any way for this treatment – but will gladly take more money for a dependent should I be fortunate enough to have a child. Shame on you Discovery. I’m hoping you can do better.

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    Fezeka

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    I have had 2 IVF treatments and as a result I have 3 boys, a 6 year old and 2 year old twins. The first treatment I had when I was with CAMAF. CAMAF covered a substantial amount of my treatment, God bless them. 3 years later I changed jobs and unfortunately had to move from CAMAF to Discovery. Who offered no assistance.
    For these medical aid companies to classify infertility as “elective” makes no sense whatsoever, unless they can prove that infertility is a condition that does not exist. They are implying that it is similar to a nose-job or a tummy tuck. Which is absurd. I believe they are trying to avoid paying the expensive fees for the treatment. What is the point of having a medical aid if it cannot assist me when I need it the most.
    Can they not offer to cover portion of the treatment. From experience, I know that every bit helps.
    Please reconsider.

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    Mooni

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    I’m 28 years old. I have stage 4 endometriosis. I have a beautiful 8 year old son who has Nephrotic syndrome. We’ve been trying to conceive for the past 6 years but no avail. The risk of me loosing my womb is high and not something I would want to do. I’m a main member with Discovery Health. Why is it that they look at infertility not as an illness rather as something we brought upon our selves. My cure is with having a baby. Which is impossible given my medical history. Endometriosis has ruined my chances of falling pregnant naturally. Do you think we women would even consider IVF if we could have it done naturally. I am in favour of Discovery covering infertility treatment. I’m running out of ideas of what to tell my son when he asks the reason his an only child. Please Discovery! infertility is a medical condition not a cosmetic one. Please help women like us whose dreams have been shattered because of no funds to carry on when our treatments. You are there to save lives why not help us to create lives as well. Thank you

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    Chantell

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    I agree!!!

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    Natasha

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    I also have PCOS and this is obviously something I did not choose or knew I was going to be diagnosed with and same applies if I had to be diagnosed with any other disease….(why are some diseases covered under Hospital plan or Medical aid, but not infertility issues?) We are on our 2nd IVF cycle and the financial and emotional stress has been VERY hard. We pay a lot of money every month towards our Hospital Plan (Classic Core – Discovery) and barely use it – People trying to have families are still young (ages usually between 25 and 45) and not sickly in general, so why cant IVF/infertility treatment be included in our medial cover? The main reason we have Medical cover is to cover us financial for unforeseen medical conditions/procedures or accidents. We already have to deal with the Emotional stress that is additional to the financial stress. I would have appreciated it if Discovery could/would have covered at least a part of the IVF.

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    Virginia

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    Most families I know have experienced infertility of one kind or another. I wouldn’t have met half the little people I know today if it weren’t for the assistance of the miracle workers in our SA fertility clinics! In today’s world medical schemes should be forced to consider all medical conditions and adjust accordingly. National Health services globally do. Modern medicine needs the support of modern medical insurance. It should at least be optional even if we need to pay an extra premium – we need to start somewhere! Discovery Medical Aid who is no doubt one of our top providers should please step up.

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    K

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    Fertility is a right. For those that cannot choose to have a child, medical aids should assist with the practical options available to infertile couples.

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    Alison Pretorius

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    We were trying to conceive for three years, laying down tons of money, we were one of the lucky couples. i got told fertility treatment is considered as cosmetic, which I was disgusted by! We were unablet to have for a number of reasons, but my child is not a pair of boobs 🙁

    I highly support this notion, there are 100’s of couples out there that deserve their opportunity to be parents…Medical should not be a money making service but a life saving service!

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    Marita

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    Struggling for 12 years now. Been married for 15. Went for 9 IVF treatments.

    I am supporting this campaign!

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    Jacqui

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    I am a member of Discovery. I feel it is time that IVF treatment should be covered by medical aid. There are many couples struggling to conceive which is stressful enough without adding a financial burden to the stress factor. We pay R7500 a month and our premiums increase annually, yet we are limited on what will be covered. Why are we paying monthly premiums if we have to keep paying from our pockets?

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    Lady K

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    This will be a great benefit to a lot of couples struggling.
    I support the call to have Medical Aids fund costs towards the infertility treatments.

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    Jessica

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    I just joined Discovery medical aid…I think it’s so wrong that they won’t cover infertility. It’s not a cosmetic enhancement. It’s a medical condition. Very shabby guys

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    Vicky

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    I am married since 2012 and we took the policy as soon as we got married. My wife has irregular periods cycles and we went for check up, where we came to realize she has to consult Fertility clinic if she wants to conceive a baby. As disappointment I came to realize that discovery doesn’t cover infertility treatments. We went to Vita Lab for assistance and as soon as I heared the figure for the treatment we both were heart soar as it is way out of what we can afford, that is also with only 60% of chance of success.
    I believe it is wrong that medical screams does not cover infertility and should be covered.

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    Roxanne

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    I am with Discovery and my husband and I have been trying to conceive for 3 years now. We are about to go on the ICSI journey, if we can find the funds. We would love nothing more than a family, but costs involved are making this impossible for couples, its disgusting that medical aids do not cover this. We pay a fortune for cover, what for???

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    Kurt

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    So many couples are not so fortunate to have “Bedroom” babies. Its about high time that fertility cover from you as Discovery be looked at very seriously. The mental and financial stress is massive!!!
    As a classic comprehensive member for many years, I feel that you make more than enough profit to be able to afford this type of cover.

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    Rekky

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    I am a member of discovery for many years now and I sometimes wonder why I should be paying when I am sickly. The only problem I have is infertility which is not self incurred. It will be nice if discovery can Coverify some or all d cost of at least 2 ivf .

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    Verousha

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    I am a Discovery member and having walked the infertility journey I fully support this appeal.

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    Rekky

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    I am a member of discovery for many years now and I sometimes wonder why I should be paying when I am not sickly. The only problem I have is infertility which is not self incurred. It will be nice if discovery can Cover some or all d cost of at least 2 ivf .

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    Kate

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    I agree that Discovery and all medical aids should cover the costs of infertility – I have seen friends and family members struggle to fall pregnant at enormous person and emotional strain. Come on Discovery – I call on you – public pressure will eventually force you to cover it so why not get ahead of the press and do the right thing and be the first medical aid to cover it!! 🙂

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    Fiona

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    Couldn’t agree more. We pay exorbitant premiums yet this issue that so many struggle with is not covered.

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    Bev

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    I understand the deep sadness of couples unable to conceive a child. Only those with access to huge amounts of money are able to avail themselves of the private clinics that treat infertility. It should not only be the privilege of the wealthy to access this treatment. The general health and well being of suffering couples appear to decline in the face of childlessness.

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    Liz Findllay

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    My Son and his wife have battled for 5 years to have a baby, 5 miscarriages later we are all devastated
    We have been loyal Discovery members since 1996 and have been so happy with the service however this is such a vital aspect that can be addressed by the scheme
    Please can this be considered

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    Olga Wright

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    I am on Classic Comprehensive Scheme with Discovery and have been for many years, I am struggled with infertility for 9 years – after 3 IVF cycles fail. I suffer from endometriosis ,cists , fibroid. lots operations to solve but no success Fertility treatment was emotionally & financially draining, and the stress was high. I desperately would love to have 1 child, but its taken me lots stress to consider treatment again. Recovering from the financial strain it puts on a married couple makes the emotional strain so much worse… My next IVF cycle will all depend on finances what I don’t have – I am now 37 so my time is running out! It would be an answer to pray for the thousands of couples struggling to conceive and unable to afford treatment, if Discovery Health would just consider assisting in treatments! Please please please! We are all desperate need to be parents I am in favour of Discovery covering infertility treatment

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    ALIDA KOTZE

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    Totally agree that Discovery should pay for infertility treatment! They’re quick to advertise their support to customers but the moment push comes to shove, they’re full of excuses and small print etc etc.
    We struggled for 5 years to fall pregnant and in the end had to go for invitro treatment. Even with substantial medical evidence indicating the cause of infertility ,we were told by DISCOVERY that the mentioned treatment falls in the same category as a boob job/cosmetic treatment and therefore won’t cover Invitro??

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    Anonymous

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    Infertility is a devastating issue to deal with, without the added stress of financing treatment. For many this is simply not an option and parenthood is impossible due to lack of finances. Alternatively people get into huge debt to achieve what the rest of humanity experience with relative ease. Infertility is a medical problem and should be treated as such. Just because it isn’t physically ‘life threatening’ to the individual doesn’t minimize it’s life long emotional and psychological impact. All illnesses and effects of illnesses should be covered by medical aid and this definitely includes illnesses causing infertility.

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    Anonymous

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    It is extremely disappointing that a leading brand such as Discovery doesn’t address one of the most important issues many YOUNG couples currently face today

    My wife and I, perfectly healthy couple in our early 30’s experienced fertility issues and were not covered by Discovery even though we were on the 2nd highest plan available from them. It cost me over R50,000 from personal savings to undertake the treatment. We were lucky enough that the treatment worked on the 1st attempt and are now proud parents but we are completely appalled that Discovery have not come to the party to meet this critical dilema of our modern time

    In this modern day and age, we have personally noticed that a very large number of our friends (Middle class in their early 30’s) are unable to fall pregnant, possibly related to the stresses of modern living which our parents were not subject to as I can’t recall a single elder member in my family that had an issue like this. It seems to be a growing problem, an issue that are heart breaking for most couples, and something that many people don’t readily share

    In my experience, my wife could not conceive with no valid explanation as all tests showed she was healthy. We tried for over 2 years using AI many times to no avail before attempting IVF. It was a hard 2 eyars and my wife blamed herself, something I now personally know many woman do when they experience this fundamental human need! It has torn marriages as the expense to fund such a thing is a huge stress for many couples (a factor I am almost sure off is the reason most people are unable to conceive)

    It seems to be a common trend amongst many people based on my research when we went through the issue and it’s sad to see that Discovery is of no help at all to address this

    We have now managed to switch to CAMAF who cover such a treatment on a savings plan (priced similar to Discoveries equivalent option). Unfortunately CAMAF was not an option accessible to us at the time of IVF as medical aid options are usually a package with the company and only Discovery was an option at the time. Many companies link their employees to Discovery and I am sad to say that Discovery does not come close to what CAMAF offers even on just a basic Hospital plan

    We almost always had to pay a portion of every medical expense out of pocket for any treatment we undertook in our years with Discovery

    I would recommend anybody who has the priveldge to be part of CAMAF to rather go with that option over Discovery anyday!

    Shame on you Discovery, I have paid thousands in premium to you over the years and have never really been able to benefit when it really mattered. They didn’t even cover us in full for the birth of my child which I can imagine is a basic expense that no person on a private premium medical aid should have to pay any out of pocket amount for. Discovery are a poor medical aid company in my opinion who only care about their bottom line.

    As far as possible, I will never use Discovery again for my medical aid needs. They should rather just provide a VITALITY membership without the medical aid as that’s the only thing they are good for

    My family is currently on CAMAF – Hospital plan and we are still covered for a free GP visit/Eye test/a dental vists once a year and all HOSPITAL expenses are more than covered (no gap cover required unlike when we were on Discovery). I have better piece of mind on CAMAF

    Regards
    anonymous

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    Olga

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    Discovery Health is our medical aid and believe they can change lives. We agree ! Please consider !!

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    Concerned Member

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    Yes, soon to leave member of Discovery if they do not objectively address this issue.
    There is a realistic chance that they will be overtaken be events. The only way to remain relevant is to listen and address the needs of your clientele. Surely with such statistics its only logical that Discovery and all the other health schemes start giving serious thought to the plight of the population that they serve else their role in society diminishes.

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    Lizani

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    Infertility is a medical condition, and definitely not by choice!! We struggled with infertility for 8 years and had to raise funds to go for IVF… It is such an emotional roller coaster, not even to mention the financial stress that is added to the whole process. It is not fair that medical aids don’t want to cover this!!!! Please consider it Discovery!!

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    Anonymous

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    I am a Discovery member and have been for over 10 years, I have also been through 4 IVF treatments at my husband and my own expense, exceeding well over R200 000. We have not been successful and unfortunately given the cost, we are no longer in a financial position to do another IVF – and for us, for various reasons, it is the only way I will ever fall pregnant. If our medical aid had just covered some of the costs involved in our previous attempts we might still be in a position to attempt once again. The costs for these procedures and the drugs are astronomical and while i think it is unrealistic to expect a medical aid to cover an infinite amount of attempts in full, it would be most helpful if they covered at least half of the cost of the treatments for two attempts. For couples who struggle after numerous attempts, there is no guarantee of success, but it may pave the way for them to try more times than they are able to without any assistance. In our particular case, we realised after 4 IVF attempts that something fundamental had been overlooked by the doctor (something which required a small, less than R2000 procedure) which meant that any attempts at implantation would fail. The issue has since been corrected, but unfortunately now the costs of another IVF with a new doctor are truly prohibitive.

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    Anonymus

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    Infertility is a reality for many couples and only a few who go for IVF are successful the first time. Infertility is a fast growing disease and couples who are affected suffer silently because of the financial burden involved in treatment. Its time that medical aids start addressing the issue and give hope to couples affected. It would be a welcome gesture for Discovery and other medical aids to be sensitive to the plight of their clientele.

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    Tanya

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    I am on Discovery. Discovery, please consider to change and help us!

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    R & R

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    My medical aid contribution (incl hubby) is R7835 per month. Discovery receives almost 95 thousand rands from us per year. It is very disappointing and frustrating that we have to beg for a vital and essential treatment to be added to a scheme in Discovery. Infertility patients should be treated in the same light as chronic patients while undergoing treatment – this is certainly NOT COSMETIC.
    The emotional rollercoaster that couples go thru during & after every IVF procedure is ….. more like the worst form of tourture there is. I know, cause I have had 9 unsucessfill cycles so far. In addition to that, there’s that big bill/loan still waiting to be paid off and then your monthly discovery premium of course.
    Surely with all the millions that Discovery gets from us, they can cover at least 2 IVF cycles per year.
    Discovery Health – come to the party…. this is long overdue !!!

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    SK

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    I’ve been with Discovery for years, and i have been diagnosed with infertility ever since I’ve joined Discovery, i went through several open surgery and had fibroids removed and i was disgnosed with Endometriosis stage 4 and as a result I’m on early menopause and I’m 36years old but Discovery had been paying for the surgeries i had and the medication after that, but I really do not get is why they can’t pay for my fertility treatment (IVF)?. I AM PAYING A LOT OF MONEY TO KEEP MY MEMBERSHIP ACTIVE, my husband is not using the medical aid but he is covered I’m the only one who is in need of it, but we can’t do anything because we don’t have the money to pay for the IVF but we still continue paying for the medical aid which is not in use at the moment.

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    Aarya

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    Infertility is not something anyone asks for. So I don’t understand how needing to take the IVF route to have a baby is something “optional” according to discovery. I have been a member of discovery for a number of years and contribute a lot of money monthly on medical aid. I was diagnosed with adenomyosis and PCOS, and after years of trying everything possible to get pregnant, IVF was our only choice. Our 1st round of IVF was unsuccessful.It cost us R 45 000 without the fertilization of any eggs. It was an emotionally draining process and financial implications are the last thing you want to think about. Of the total cost discovery paid for the blood tests amounting to about R2000 and medication that cost less than R500. It was ridiculous. Our whole lives are on hold as we have to save up for another round of IVF. I fully support everyone in requesting for Discovery to take a stand and acknowledge that infertility is a major health problem and for them to assist in making the process more bearable by covering reasonable costs of IVF.

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    Katharine

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    I am a Discovery Health Client and have been so for many years. I have been diagnosed with Stage 3 endometriosis, Hashimoto’s disease and PCOS. I have lost 5 pregnancies and have been trying to fall pregnant for almost 5 years. I fully support the plea for Discovery Health to cover infertility treatment.

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    Mokate

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    WHEN I HAD LOST ALL HOPE AND SPENT SOOOO MUCH THAT I OWED MY CREDIT CARD THOUSANDS OF MONEY. MY 3RD IVF CYCLE BECAME SUCCESSFUL. BUT IT WAS TWO FULL YEARS OF TORTURE OR TRAUMA. MY MEDICAL AID,LIBERTY, REFUSED TO PAY FOR THE TREATMENT. THEY EVEN GAVE ME PROBLEM WHEN THEY HAD TO PAY FOR MY 3RD MYOMECTOMY(FIBROID REMOVAL).I HAD TO TRAVEL 350KM TWICE OR THRICE WEEKLY TO SEE MY INFERTILITY DR.THAT ON ITS WAY WAS COSTLY, AS I HAD TO BOOK AT THE HOTEL FOR DAY OR TWO, DEPENDING ON THE APPOINTMENT. THEN THE HIGH RATES OF TREATMENT AND CONSULTATION ALSO.

    I THOUGHT THAT THE MONEY I HAD ORIGINALLY SAVED WAS ENOUGH. ONLY TO FIND THAT I NEED TO DIG DEEP INTO MY POCKET. I HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO USE MY CREDIT CARD.WHEN I CHECKED ALL MY COST OF TWO YEARS OF CONSULTING, I REALISED THAT I HAD SPEND R200G ON THE CLINIC. I WAS NOT WILLING TO SPEND ANY CENT ANY MORE. BECAUSE. I VE BIN THROUGH SO MANY RISKY OPERATIONS , MY POCKET WAS EMPTY, ACTUALLY, I WAS INDEBTED TO THE BANK,BUT,THERE WAS NO BABY.ON THAT MOMENT OF LOOSING HOPE ,GOD ANSWERED MY PRAYER.I AM NOW 10 WEEKS .BUT.MY HEART GOES OUT TO THOSE, WHO CAN’T AFFORD A SINGLE CENT TO DA CLINIC. IF U STRUGGLE TO AFFORD WHEN YOU ARE A PROFESSIONAL, WHAT MORE ABOUT OTHERS? EVERY WOMAN DESERVES TO HAVE A CHILD OR CHILDREN. IT IS ABOUT TIME, OUR GOVERNMENT ALSO, SHOULD ASSIST US IN THIS REGARD. AND.ALSO FORCE MEDICAL AIDS TO COVER INFERTILITY. SO MANY WOMEN STRUGGLE WITH INFERTILITY NOWADAYS. YOUNG AND OLD, POOR OR RICH, LITERATE OR NOT. THIS IS A SERIOUS CHALLENGE TO OUR COUNTRY AND THE WORLD AT LARGE.BECAUSE OF MY EXPERIENCE, I EVEN WISH TO JOIN IFAASA, BECAUSE THEIR VISION MAKES LOT OF SENSE TO ME.

    I WAS NEVER KEEN ON HAVING BABIES WHEN STILL YOUNG. I WAS SO CAREER ORIENTED AND SINGLE.BUT WHEN I GOT MARRIED I 2013.I KNEW I MUST HAVE KIDS. THAT IS WHEN PROBLEMS OF INFERTILITY RESURFACED IN MY LIFE.AND.I HAD TO TACKLE THEM HEAD ON.IT WAS NEVER EASY, TWAS A LONELY AND TRAUMATIC ROAD. BUT.PERSEVERANCE PAID OFF.

    MAYBE WE NEED TO TAKE MEDICAL AIDS TO COURT IN ORDER FOR THEM TO SEE THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE MATTER.

    REGARDS
    MOKATE

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    Chantel Nel

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    I am 37 years old and I also suffer from PCOS and Diabetes. My husband is in the army and we also had to pay out of our own pockets last year it cost us over R100000 for 2 IVF treatments. We fell pregnant both times but I lost the babies both times. Now its almost a year later and we do not have the money to continue with IVF. It is really unfear to us that is suffering from Infertility to pay on our own. If we had a medical aid that would pay we would be more then willing to pay..why can they pay for AIDS but not for Infertility….

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    Pumla

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    Receiving a diagnosis of infertility is one of the most devastating experiences a couple can get and while the Fertility Clinics offer exceptional care, options and support , the IVF and other similar fertility treatments are extremely expensive – made even more so if egg donation is a couple’s only option.

    Infertility is not a choice and is a blameless condition that is usually genetic, therefore it’s hard to understand why Discovery and some of the other medical adis are able to cover the treatment for genetic conditions, but refuse to cover infertility treatment.

    I wholeheartedly support the call for Discovery Health to change its policies on infertilitty treatment cover and for them to consider infertility as a desease/ condition that should NOT be excluded.

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    Marisa Nel

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    Spending almoat 6 very difficult years dealing with infertility and trying every possible prosedure, then also dealing with the effects it has on your marriage, happiness and future due to the financial implication. Infertility is a REAL illness and should be treated and covered by medical aid as a real illness. Ivf and other assisted treatments is not something one would do as an extra curricular activity. And it is not a easy choice
    And it is not done purely because it would be easier or more convenient. I was fortunate to have had it done just once and now have my miracle baby girl. There are many out there that will never be able to experience that because of the financial implication. I am a fit, healthy woman. Who does not drink, smoke or do drugs.I feel I pay alot of money for my medical aid and then not be supported for the one illness I have. infertility effects so many people and needs to be treated.

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    Danya Pearce

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    Its one of the reason I went back to Profmed when i left the job that forced me to use discovery. They spend so much money on campaigns like Ubering a nurse to give you a flu shot, or vitality and plane tickets (like we cant get rewards for flying through other avenues)…..but they wont even discuss your infertility issues even on a case by case basis. I would rather support a medical aid that at least opens the doors to a discussion which profmed were willing to do when i thought i needed IVF. I managed to fall pregnant without it, but they were willing to discuss the medicines i needed and even to discuss the actual ivf itself. I urge people to discuss the issue more with their medical aids and choose one that at least has an open door policy. I have never seen that with discovery who will argue about anything to get out of paying for a medical issue while giving freebies for plane tickets and movies????
    Maybe just like infertility we should have a list of infertility friendly medical aids, so that the 1 in 8 couples who do have issues, have a better choice when choosing their medical aid. One that doesn’t exclude their medical problem without even allowing a waiting period for other chronic conditions such as depression or whatever they like to give waiting periods for. Eventually they cover medical issues for lesser things, why is this not? Its inhumane…….

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    Lerato

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    We support the caus as we have gone through the struggle of concieving we even went the fertility route, the expenses were very high and yet we pay medical aid, this open letters request should be considered.

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    Robyn

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    I belong to Bankmed Medical Aid (administered by Discovery) and although they did pay for some of the scans etc the process of falling pregnant was hugely financially taxing month after month. I think that not only Discovery should pay for the treatment of this very emotionally and financially straining disease, but all medical aids in South Africa. It is a problem that so many women experience that can no longer be swept under the carpet by these companies. If they pay for contraceptives, why not the reverse? This is a disease, not a nice-to-have

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    Lani Booyens

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    We battled to fall pregnant for 15 years, and Vitalab gave us new hope to one day have our own family. On the 28 April 2015 we had our invitro with vitalab Dr. Volschenk, and today we have our amazing little girl of 3 months. NOBODY knows what couples go through and then the financial side as well, I strongly agree that Medical Aids need to assist and specially when vitalab has procedures to assist in couples starting there own families. We will always be grateful for this amazing place vitalab that gave us the best ever treatment and we hope that the medical aids can assist, we do not have money to do another invitro but we are so thankful for our little angel.

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    Ese

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    I also belong to discovery medical aid and definitely feel fertility treatments should be covered. Its so sad that they can pay for contraceptives but not fertility treatments. I once had a friend complain that discovery would rather pay for treatment for her sick child but not multivitamins to prevent the treatment. Its just crazy. I think the whole idea of medical aid and exclusions should be reassessed.
    So many women are going through the trauma of infertility and pay heavily from their pocket even when they have medical aid. The least medical can do is assist them in this emotional roller coaster. I don’t know how people in the US and Canada do it. They did great deals from their medical aid to cover not sometimes, not just one IVF treatment but two. Some get a copay as well.
    I believe this message should be sent to all medical aid schemes. If they like Discovery want to “dazzle” their clients, this is one way (big way) to prove that.

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    Patsy

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    I’m a Discovery Medical Aid Member and i support the cause. We are also struggling to fall pregnant. We can not aford fertility treatments. I also agree that al Medical Aids in South Africa should have a plan for fertility treatments.

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    Juanita

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    Since I can remember I always wanted to be a mother. I have been diagnosed with stage 3 Endometriosis and we have tried everything to fall pregnant naturally. From reflexology to Chinese Herbs and “fertility diets”. We have been to so many fertility doctors which we had to pay out of our own pocket. We are considering IVF but due to the high costs involved it is taking longer than expected to save up for it. We have been on Discovery (Classic Comprehensive plan) for many years and I agree with all the ladies here, it is time Discovery and all the other medical aids wake up and do their bit to “dazzle” us!

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    michelle

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    I feel infertility is a heartbreaking illness and treatment should be covered in full as a Chronic benefit on medical aid schemes. There are so many couples who belong to medical aid schemes who are battling to conceive but cannot afford fertility treatment.

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    Deliana

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    My Husband and I have been trying to have children through ICSI for 7 years now as we cannot conceive naturally. A major factor is finances. IVF and ICSI is very expensive and even though we are on one of the highest plans on Discovery, they don’t cover any of the procedures. The desire to have children is an innate human need. Medical schemes in other countries recognize this and cover at least 1 procedure so why is it different here? Discovery needs to re-asses their policy on this matter!!!!

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    Raksha

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    Infertility is a real problem for many couples today. Treatment is costly and many couples cannot afford it. It should be covered by medical aid especially Discovery so as to increase ones chances of conception.

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    Lindsay Bouwer

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    If discovery pay for infertility they will definately be reducing their spend on anti depressants and psycologist visits.

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    Sariza

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    I am a discovery classic comprehensive member. Financial assistance for couples whom require this as a “last resort” to conceive would be welcomed. Thank you to all the doctors that are compassionate and understanding!

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    Mrs Naidoo

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    I am a Discovery Executive Member and have been a Discovery member for the past 10 years. I support the cause 100%. I suffer from endometriosis and have been trying to conceive for 2 years now. First round of IVF was unsuccessful and we are attempting a second round. I have had 5 laparoscopies in the last 10 years and with each surgery the chances of conceiving are on a rapid decline. I am 30 years old so the financial burden as a newly married couple is very real to us. It is important to note that there is currently no cure for endometriosis, some patients only find relief once they conceive. Catch 22! The fertility centres support in the best way they can, my experience with Vitalabs has been phenomenal, the doctors are warm and caring.

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    Elrese

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    I fully support this, ttc’ing for just over 6 years, female infertility, diagnosed with stage 3 endometriosis, 34 years old and my only option to conceive is via IVF. I rarely use my medical aid, apart from infertility I’m a healthy young women with no other chronic illnesses, so why are we being discriminated against? It’s very unfair and saddening. — Member of discovery health

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    Louise

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    I wouldn’t wish infertility on my worst enemy. The journey is a living nightmare and the fact that is not taken seriously by healthcare providers is insulting and offensive. Emotionally and physically, it is an extremely draining – financial support should be provided as par for the course.

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    Christella Rademan

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    michelle says:

    April 26, 2016 at 10:09 am

    I feel infertility is a heartbreaking illness and treatment should be covered in full as a Chronic benefit on medical aid schemes. There are so many couples who belong to medical aid schemes who are battling to conceive but cannot afford fertility treatment. All Medical Aids cover for Aids etc please look at this with your heart and think about all couples who really want a little one, but cannot afford to go for treatment.

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    Issabella

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    If you see the sore in your kids eye every time one of the family is pregnant it breaks your heart please please pay for this treatment

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    Mel

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    And after tryig for years and falling pregnant they refuse to pay for miscarriage prevention treatment as the medications fall under fertility treatment. They didnt mind paying for my 3 d&c’s but refuse to cover clexane, meticortin and cyclogest to retain a pregnancy. Life just doesnt seem to matter to them.

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    Sindie

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    I support IFAASA that Discovery should cover fertility treatment

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    Sibi Mtshali

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    Dear discovery, please help all those in need out there with the gift of falling pregnant and having a baby. I wholeheartedly support the call for Discovery Health to change its policies on infertilitty treatment cover and for them to consider infertility as a condition that should NOT be excluded.

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    Kerry

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    We found out last year that we couldn’t conceive naturally, IVF treatment is something we haven’t even tried because of the cost involved. Even though, as a couple, we are at peace with this, I know in our hearts, we would love to have a child. We would have been lovely parents. Even if the medical aids only covered 1/2 IVF treatments, it would be something. I have been with Discovery Health for 15 years.

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    Lauren N

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    Having being diagnosed with unexplained infertility and spending a great deal of hard earned money on an unsuccessful IVF/ICSI, it’s extremely disheartening to know that my partner and I may never have our own children due to the costs involved in going through the process again (which we cannot afford).
    Whilst we were having our treatment there were couples who have tried several times with no luck either.
    The fact that medical AIDS will not entertain much less contribute to something which affects 1 in 6 couples and will only contribute towards anything using the medical savings portion just proves the point that they are more into making money from heathy members than dealing with a valid and serious issue.
    We are with Bankmed and have the most comprehensive plan.
    After being on several international infertility forums, I have been made aware that USA medical insurance will cover a certain amount of IVF/ICSI treatments.
    I’m all for standing behind this.

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    Gillian aproskie

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    My husband and I are on Discovery and our 1 son and wife whom have fertility problems. I feel strongly that IVF/ICSI treatments should be aided by medical aids as most people cant afford it.

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    Carol Wright

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    I am a discovery member of very many years standing as are my son and daughter in law, who are desperately trying to conceive, like so many. I am blessed with four children and it breaks my heart that two of my children are unable to have children of their own. My daughter tried artificial insemination to no avail noting this was all they could afford. My son and daughter in-law have spent a huge sum of money on an unsuccessful in-vitro procedure and wish to try again but cannot afford it at this stage and desperately wish they could approach their medical aid, Discovery, in this regard. Surely this falls within the domain of a medical aid to assist their clients where possible.

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    Meroonisha

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    I believe that medical aids should provide benefits to couples suffering from infertility. They are already under significant stress and the costs of this just add to the stress. It should be treated similar to other diseases as it is not something that one can prevent or control.

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    Melody Mare

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    I suffer from Endemetriosis and my eggs have to be manually fertilised so we have already had one boy trough IVF and paid everything ourselves.
    I have been with Discovery since 16 and would love if my illness was paid for.

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    Ali Anonymous

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    I am and have been a Discovery member for many many years, costing a small fortune every month. Over the years I have had various procedures to remove endometriosis and polyps. Two Gyneacologists still gave me hope that I could conceive after expressing my concerns over and over. Those procedures and consultations were paid for. I am almost 43 years old, and after seeing a fertility specialist last year On my own accord to get an answer to why I still have not conceived…… Well guess what ….. Yes I am one of the many suffering the devastation of this shattering news of being infertile. Now my only option is also donar eggs, because I am 43 years old and have a lack of eggs. If the Gyneacologists did further examinations or referred me to a specialist all those years ago, maybe I would have been able to use my own eggs, instead they wasted more of my years. Now I am in a situation of not only having limited time, but need to find funding from wherever I can. The round of ivf I did last year cost me R 50k which was unsuccessful. So now we need to find anything between R60-R100k for the next round. This puts so much extra stress on a person, how are you supposed to relax through your treatment when you are worrying about paying for it and thinking what if it doesn’t work at the same time?! For me, I have developed secondary issues due to the devastation of this emotional roller coaster which is covered by medical aid.
    Please explain this to me – alcohol and drug addiction is a choice, and most medical aids will cover 21 days in a rehab Centre. Infertility is not a choice, it is a medical condition and it is not covered. I am not a drug addict or alcoholic, so why can’t that funding go towards my ivf?!

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    Natasha

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    I support IFAASA and that all medical aids should cover fertility treatment

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    Rudolph Kuter

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    I support IFAASA that Discovery should cover IVF treatment. By creating life they will automatically increase their membership as well, win/win for all.

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    Ashley Bannister

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    I belief that medical aids should assist their members with legitimate medical claims. I believe it most definitely should include infertility, which is a modern day reality. I understand the potential complexities around this but surely with the great infrastructures and resources companies such as Discovery have they must be able to compete within the global market, where companies assist members with claims related to infertility.

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    Hara Stamatiou

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    Medical aid should help for infertility, it is a ‘medical problem’ that some of us can not fall pregnant due to various “HEALTH ISSUES”.

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    Donna Noble

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    I have been with Discovery medical aid for years. I moved away from Discovery onto Bankmed and now Anglo (administered by Discovery). However, there are medical aids in South Africa that cover fertility treatment including CAMAF and I do not see why fertility treatment should be excluded. Others in this post are quite right in saying in the UK Fertility treatment is covered by the NHS – so why is this excluded for us in South Africa? We had a beautiful healthy girl in 2012 through fertility treatment which did cost us an arm and a leg. We are trying again now to fall pregnant, but the thought of the stress that comes with financing the treatment is enough to make me not want to go through with the procedure. Please Discovery, listen to what we have to say as this is really a serious issue in South Africa.

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    Tracy-lyn de Villiers

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    I am writing this now as a broken woman, been trying unsuccessfully for 3 years to conceive a sibling for my 3 and a half year old daughter. We have tried everything and 1 failed ivf attempt later, we can’t afford anymore intervention…. I cry every time my daughter asks me where is her baby brother or sister?

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    Kylee Bester

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    I am a Discovery Member.
    I battled for 8 years to get pregnant and had 6 IVF treatments. The cost of each procedure is significant and I guess we are of the lucky ones who could pursue our dream and were able to come up with the finances each time. But I truly feel for all those couples out there desperate for a baby and who need just some fertility medical intervention that could help them have a family but cant afford the process. Please Discovery help us wannabe moms. Fertility treatment should not be something only the wealthy can afford. Infertility is nobodys choice, its a real medical and desperate issue in South Africa and needs assistance by our medical aid partners.

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    Londie

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    I wish i knew the reasons you medical aids give for not coveting infertility but choose to cover for treatment of rehabilitation of drug use which is by choice and those of us who were born with uterine abnormalities and pcos a severe case of pcos where you dont see your menstruation for a year unless you take something to bring on the menses its really frustrating please relook at this with a human eye and ignore the profits and besides ut being more humanly its also fair considering the amount we spend pay every month

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    Sharon

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    I am a Discovery member and 39 year old woman who has just gotten married. What will happen if we try to have a baby and can’t? Our medical aid should support us to receive the correct medical treatment. Although I pray it is not the case for us, I see many of my friends going through this problem and they have been left on their own and abandoned by medical aid. This must come to an end. Fertility treatment should not only be for the wealthy.

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    Vera de Ujfalussy

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    I am a Discovery Member and have had 4 children and feel blessed daily for this gift. I feel Strongly that Discovery should be contributing to fertility treatment. As an ex teacher I have seen many parents who have been crippled with the expense of trying to conceive. Infertility is a reality in this day and age. We contribute to other illnesses that we are not necessarily effected by so why can’t we contribute to infertility. Discovery is yet again building massive offices and should consider less profits and adding more to the coffers.

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    Machuene

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    I’m with keyhealth and we’ve been struggling to conceive for 13 years, 5 operations, diagnosed with fibroids and now on IVF which is costing us a lot of money that we have to pay cash considers we have to travel more than 200 km for treatment which is money as well and I believe infertility is a disease as well and medical aids should pay for the treatment lots of women are suffering from this disease and help is available but not affordable,every woman deserves a chance to be a mother

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    Tamlynn

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    I strongly agree!

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    Olga Lutcanu

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    Me and my husband ar eon Discovery Health medical plan.
    I was diagnosed with Endometriosis and we certainly can’t afford to go the IVF route. I think all women who struggle with infertility deserve to become a mom. So many couples are going through the same situation and would be a real blessing if this option would be covered by the scheme.

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    Anonymous

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    My husband and I are both Discovery main members, we are both 30 and 31 respectively and are starting our journey of fertility treatment. I have been diagnosed with pcos and my husband with sperm motility making it impossible to conceive naturally. We are so young and have no support from our medical aid on a condition we wish we never had. All medical aids should assist in some way instead of ignoring this disease completely. A medical aid which helps saves lives should also help create lives.

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    Raquel

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    Infertility treatment should be covered by medical aid.

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    Therina van der Walt

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    I was a Discovery member before, but am now a CAMAF member and was so thankful that CAMAF had the option on their plan that I would be able to get fertility treatment when it was needed as I now have a beautiful baby girl.
    Discovery must really step up and offer the same as many people are willing to pay slightly more for a plan that would offer this and have the reassurance that, should they need it, fertility treatment would be covered by their medical aid.
    As many companies encourage their employees to be on Discovery medical aid, this would be of great value and would even ad value to Discovery itself and their brand.

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    Anonymous

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    I am with Momentum Health.
    I agree that medical aids should fund fertility treatment

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    Anonymous

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    I am with Momentum Health.
    I agree that medical aids should fund fertility treatment
    Please help us

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    Darren

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    Fertility treatment should be covered by medical aid

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    Ellen

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    its about time Medical aids start to cover fertility treatments. I’m in a mixed-status relationship, meaning trying to conceive naturally can put my health into risk. the only safe way is to do IVF. There is no assistance in terms of finance, and these cycles are very expensive. I know a lot of people who have given up on having kids because they need some fertility treatment in order to be able to try to conceive. We need help Discovery please.

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    Lunovuyo

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    Momentum health member.
    I’m married & we’ve been trying for a baby for 5 years now. My cubes are both blocked for some unknown reason. 36 years old. I’ve had 2 operations already . My only option now is IVF. It’s expensive we cannot afford it . As a woman it is so frustrating when you see other women giving birth to babies one after another , & you can’t even get pregnant . Every month I get so frustrated when I see my periods . It’s a lot of stress because you tend to take it out on people around you. In my culture i am expected to bear kids in this marriage & when you can’t do that it kills you inside, it’s a lot of pressure. I plead with medical aids to consider paying , even if you only pay for the 1st IVF . I so long for this experience of being a mother . I am also panicking that I’m getting old . Marriages are ending as result of this , & I don’t want mine to end . They even tell you that you need to be relaxed when you are going through the IVF treatment/process , you can’t be in a lot of stress. How can you relax when you know you have taken your last cent & in deep debth to make this happen. Please help us.

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    Susanne Hattingh

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    I fully support that Discovery should support their members with fertility treatment. It is not a luxury treatment!

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    Candice

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    I needed a procedure to correct the shape of my uterus as it had most likely lead to a miscarriage and I was also advised that if I was able to carry a subsequent baby, that the chances of early labour or miscarriage was very high in later pregnancy. Discovery would not cover the costs of the procedure as I was told it was cosmetic!!! I am certainly not interested in having a pretty uterus!!
    With the mounting expenses of fertility treatment, having the medical aids cover those costs, would help a lot of desperate women trying to have children.

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    Solvei Fagas

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    I have been a Discovery member for many years.
    We have been struggling to conceive our second child for 5 years now. Last year I underwent 5 operations relating to infertility issues, of which Discovery covered most costs.
    I have also been with Vitalab for the past two years, they are the absolute best fertility specialists out there.
    IVF was not an option for us as physically my condition was too bad & Vitalab said we could try but it would be a waste of money as the pregnancy would not last. If it were an option for us we would definitely go for it but it is extremely costly. I feel that Discovery should most definitely cover infertility as it is a very real problem with many couples in this country

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    Anonymous

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    Both my husband and I are on discovery medical aid and have been for years. We have been battling infertility caused by endometriosis for the past 9 years and we still don’t have a child. We have been through numerous forms of treatment paid for by ourselves out of our own pockets with no success so far. We are saving up to try again this year. Infertility is a traumatic and financially and emotionally draining DISEASE there’s no doubt about that. It’s high time medical aids in South Africa not just Discovery ackowledged that. We’ve had no help from discovery on our difficult journey yet we continue to pay our medical aid subscription to them each month. Infertility is not a choice it’s a medical condition and IVF treatments are NOT elective surgery. The thousands and thousands of rands that we’ve paid to Discovery over the years in our medical aid premiums and that we haven’t benefited from because we haven’t used it so where is it gone to and how can discovery say that they don’t have the money available to finance at least part of IVF treatments for its members who are battling infertility. Absolute nonsense. Not impressed by discovery on this one. While it may be too late in our journey for us I do hope discovery changes its misguided ways on this issue and assists other couples in their infertility journey. Do the right and the most humane thing!!!!!!

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    Pamela

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    I believe all medical aid schemes in South Africa should cover fertility treatment. If you have gone through any form of treatment, you will understand the emotional rollercoaster that you have to endure and having to worry about how to afford the treatment should be the least of your worries!

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    angelique

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    I also agree

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    Kefilwe Ntshabele

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    IFAASA I am with you a 110% on this one. Infertility is a condition no one chooses to have! Why pay for cosmetic surgery but refuse to cover infertility?? To top it up fertility treatments are helluva expensive!!!

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    Zoe

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    I strongly agree!
    Also: Please, underwriters for medical insurance companies, don’t discriminate against babies conceived by assisted conception! Example: My insurer AXA PPP made an exception, in my case, on their usual policy that newborns, who are not conceived from “natural” conception, will NOT covered if NICU treatment is required at delivery. No medical reason for this; no reason to suggest IVF babies are more likely to end up in NICU; it is purely discriminatory, as if infertile couples have not been through enough.
    We had to do some serious advocacy with the insurance company, and our OB/GYN also weighed in, to get AXA PPP to make an exception up to x value of possible NICU treatment. Great going AXA to make an exception, but please, all insurers, remove such clauses from your policies. Don’t marginalize parents who have sought assisted reproductive health services.
    What is Discovery’s policy on this?

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    Natasha

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    Yes medical aids should help.

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    Sandra

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    I have been asking this question for years. Every year when Discovery sends their representatives to our offices to do their annual presentation, I raise the topic of fertility treatment not being covered by medical aids and every year I get told that no medical aid will pay for fertility treatment.
    My husband and I battled for years to conceive as I unfortunately have a whole list of problems. I had to undergo years of fertility treatment at Vitalab and thankfully the amazing doctors were able to assist us in getting pregnant and we now have a beautiful daughter. But it is not cheap and many couples cannot afford it. Infertility is not something you choose. Just like any other disease is not something you choose. And to be told you cannot receive medical assistance because you cannot afford it is completely absurd, especially if you pay the exorbitant monthly medical aid premiums.
    Come on Discovery! Set an example and assist infertile couples.

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    Fahranaaz

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    Infertility is caused by serious medical issues both males and females face. We pay so much money for medical aid but cannot use it for such a significant, life changing medical problem we face on a daily basis. Please reconsider, even from a business point of view, cover all reproductive health issues.

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    Tanja Marais

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    I support ifaasa 100% we as people who are struggeling with infertility have no assistance from medical aids. Not everyone can afford the treatments needed to have a family and ar denied the opportunity to get treatment. I am with Discovery health and was told no cover what so ever regarding infertility. It forced me to look the reality of not having children as i cant afford all the medical bills for treatments. Please assist us in our “disease” as you would any other!

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    Jacqueline Storbeck

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    I support IFAASA that Discovery should cover fertility treatment

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    Neels Jansen

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    I am the happy father of 4 healthy kids and have 2 siblings without. I fully support this to assist those who cannot have kids.

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    Herman Meyer

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    I agree 100%

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    Megan Hunter

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    I really wish that infertility was covered by medical aid.
    I have endometriosis; recurring ovarian cysts; one ovary & tube was removed in 2015 & very low AMH (i.e. ovarian reserve). We have seen countless fertility specialists & our only option is IVF – and as soon as possible.

    I am only 28 but they fear that by the end of this year I will not have any eggs left in order to fall pregnant.

    Being a mother is all I have dreamed of since I can remember. I would do anything to be able to fall pregnant & have a baby, but the cost of IVF is astronomical. We have already had 2 rounds of IVF – the first unfortunately ended in a miscarriage & the second one didn’t take. We now are trying desperately to save to try squeeze in one more, but this is just not working out.

    I really wish medical aid would help to cover infertility as people who are willing to go through IVF & assisted reproduction are desperate for a child & need some assistance financially. Imagine this was you, or your child? Would you not want to give everything to be able to help them & help their dreams come true?

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    Magdelena

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    Me and my husband are also with Discovery, for the last 7 years we are struggling to conceive. We were told by doctors that our only chance is IVF. Unfortunately we cannot afford this on our own and would like Discovery to assist couples like us. It is extremely heart sore for couples to see other couples expecting a baby. Not only is it heart sore for us, but even for our parents knowing that we long for a baby with all our heart.

    I truly hope that Discovery and other medical aids will support us. None of us asked to be in this position. This is not a luxury like a face lift or tummy tuck, this is hope, future and a bundle of joy to love and call your own.

    Please help us

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    Anonymous

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    I totally support this cause and was also told by fertility specialist that IVF is the only option. We’ve been with Discovery for almost 15 years. Infertility is a medical condition – not something being self imposed or to improve ones appearance.

    Most often, and the same in our case, all other options have been exercised, including procedures to remove fibroids/address endometrioses, before IVF is considered.

    Understanding that Discovery has to apply business principles too and that IVF is costly, I feel that Discovery and any other medical aid should accommodate their patients to some extent with IFV. This could be done with certain terms to be met (e.g. other alternatives being exhausted prior to IVF being covered and limiting it to 2 treatments.)

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    Claudia

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    So many couples suffer from infertility issues, there are many reasons for Inferitilty and it is not something that we choose to have, and usually comes from diseases such as endometriosis, which is completely out of anyone’s control. If Discovery can help pay for treatment of endometriosis, I think they could definately pay for infertility treatments. (within reason of course) Besides, the more babies we have, the more members Discovery will have, so Discovery will not be losing out.

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    Carlos

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    I believe that it is only fair that such a wide spread illness such as infertility be covered by Medical aids. Atleast partly covered or with a co payment.

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    Lilian Antonie

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    I am a member of Discovery and support this campaign. I am also of the view that infertility is a medical condition and thus should be covered by medical aids. After all I manage my own funds and therefore the choice should be mine to spent it according to my needs.
    Discovery be the leaders of the pack and give those in need a win – win situation.

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    Zelda Schwarzer

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    I agree medical aids like Discovery should at least pay for some infertility treatments, I’m sure if they do consider to pay 2 -3 cycles of IVF it would save them in having to treat other diseases which is directly related to the stress that people struggling with infertility go through.

    Going through IVF is not easy but the end result is worth it a million times. My daughter is a miracle baby that God intrusted us with through IVF.

    Please Discovery open your hearts for all the people out there who would give anything to be parents. How could IVF be seen as cosmetic? It makes no sense. Which fiscal features are you improving?

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    Tshidi

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    Im 100% behind the matter that medical aids should cover fertilty especially to married couples. Im a Boni tee as member and have been diagnosed with infertility in 2009 up to now I cannot raise funds for IVF procedure with donor eggs because of the chemotherapy treatments I xxx cannot even use my eggs. We should form our iwn political party focusing only on reproductive health issues.

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    Lianne

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    I to back that medical aids should cover infertility treatments – infertility is a medical condition.

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    Melanie

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    Infertility can have a negative impact on the psychological wellbeing of a person or couple
    I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease and required chemotherapy a year ago. I decided to have my eggs frozen before treatment. It cost me a fortune. If and when I decide to have children or will cost me another small fortune for IVF. Being diagnosed with a potentially life threatening disease is psychologically draining. Having to come to terms with possibly never having a child due to lack of funds, when paying so much for medical aid, aggravates the problem.

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    Anélle

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    We are with Bestmed and have fertility problems, we are currently busy with IUI treatments as it is the less expensive treatment but it is also not covered by die medical aid. I can only claim back from the savings part. We agree that medical aids should assist with treatments as per the letter.

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    Amirah Peer

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    The desire to have a child should not be blocked by financial hurdles. Not being able to have your own child because of biological and physical health issues are high enough hurdles. Don’t add financial issues to make infertility insurmountable.

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    Lorenza

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    Infertility is a real problem… It affects more people than we know. There are so many people out there who would be good parents but have been unfortunate to be cursed with infertility. It would help if medical aids could cover this… Or even part of this… Meds maybe… This is an expensive procedure. Infertility affects ppl emotionally and has destroyed people as well as relationships. Please medical aids consider help. Or part help.

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    Natecha Maartens

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    Infertility is a disease, medical aid should be covering medical conditions that’s why we pay them every month. I’ve been struggling for 8 years with infertility, and have paid for three IVF treatments, with the cost of living these days my dream of being mom might now happen, but with medical aid assistance maybe my dream can become a reality.

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    Madre Myburgh

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    Infertility is a word that gives every couple the shivers! A struggle that I dont wish on anybody. We have been blessed to have gone through a few Fertility treatments but its becoming so expensive that we are thinking to not continue anymore. Letting go of the dream to have children is extremely devastating. And all the financial stress makes us even more ill/sick than we need to be. Stress congributes to so many health issues, so we need to draw more from our medical aid than we should because of added stress of infertility. Please help, we just want have a normal life, a normal chance….any chance to be able to have a little person of our own, just one little person. Asking out of our hearts please!

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      Madre Myburgh

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      Sorry, forgot…Im with Discovery

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    Cynthia

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    I am married for ten years and have been struggling for years with fertility. The process is not just emotionally draining, but also financially draining. I say yes medical aid should cover for fertility.

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    Elana

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    Infertility is a disease just like any other and so common in society today,no reason for medical aids not to cover this!

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    anonymous

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    I also support that Medicaid must cover the infertility,it’s very painful for couples who can’t have kids.I my self i have endometriosis and ovarian cysts I have been in and out of the hospital doing operations each and every year but nothing positive is happening and now the only option that i am left with it’s IVF of which its very expensive I cannot afford it medical aids need to understand that we did not choose to be infertile these is a sickness.being infertile will make you lonely and every time when you see other people with their young one’s you feel like crying.I am on bestmed please we really need a help

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    Mohammed

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    I am with discovery. I have had a failed independently funded ivf cycle. This should be covered!

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    Liandi

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    Dear Discovery

    Reading through all of these women’s posts I don’t think it is possible to deny that infertility is not a general and common issue experienced by women.

    Just as you are born expecting that all your bodily parts will work without any disabilities, the same way you expect to be able to conceive without any problems. Surely when you do experience problems in conceiving it should be seen as a disability and a disease and that is where your medical aid should be able to assist you financially. This is basic need of a woman that you are currently just denying and it feels discriminating against us.

    We spend so much money each month on medical aids thus I don’t think it is unreasonable for Discovery to allocate a reasonable amount to each member or family for infertility treatment.

    One of the other medical aids do provide an allocation for infertility, however it is onoy available to chartered accountants. We are so serious about this that we are considering rather changing to this aid. But ehat about the people who are not chartered accountants and not entitled to this? It just seems unfair.

    This is Discovery’s chance to be a leader in the marker and really make a change in their members’ lives. Please consider amending your policies regarding this and the treatments available for endometriosis and ovario cysts, especially regarding laparoscopies. Surely your main goal based on integrated reporting should be to meet your stakeholders’ needs and one of your biggest stakeholders are your members. Don’t deny us this basic right.

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    Mariska

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    I was diagnosed with PCOS at the age of 10 and was apart of Fedhealth, Bankmed, Discovery and Medihelp over the 18 years I struggled with this disease. Not only did a lot of the treatments to try and relieve tge symptoms associated with this disease come out of my parents’ pockets and later my own, I also had to pay the thousands of rands for fertility drugs and treatments out of my own pocket (i tried homeopathic and medical treatments and IVF). This was not a choice I made (like getting my boobs done, etc.), this was something I had to emotionally and physically deal with since the age of 10!! I was told at 14 that I should start making peace with the fact that I will have no children! WTF?? I wasn’t even thinking of children at that age!! Medical aids in general will pay for unnecessary extra medical expenses related to infertility (in my case pills, scans, over 20 operations over the years and on and on) which costs them thousands of rands, so why not just contribute towards the actual IVF (whether the person chooses traditional IVF or a more natural approach)? I ended up having a full hysterectomy and oopherectomy (removal of ovaries) at the age of 28 shortly after my second child was born. I was fortunate enough to be able to pay for the numerous attempts and costs of my fertility treatment (i have had multiple miscarriages and 1 ruptured ectopic pregnancy which left me with only 1 ovary before I had my kids). I would hate to know how I would have felt if I did not have the means to pay for fertility treatments and ended up with the hysterectomy and oopherectomy at such a young age…. No one should ever have to know!! Medical aids should start contributing towards these treatments!!

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    Imogen Rossam

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    I have been with Discovery Medical Aid since I was 16. I am now 35 and my husband and I have been struggling to conceive for three years now. I have endometriosis and require IVF. We begged and borrowed money to try our first round last year which was unsuccessful. We have had to scrap by and save and borrow again for almost a year now to afford another round which we desperately need and want. It would have alleviated so much financial and emotional pressure during this time if Discovery had the option of covering fertility treatment. Infertility is common place in our new age and so many women I know are struggling with it. I have a disease that I cannot cure or change and one that is not supported or assisted with via Discovery, as a result of my endometriosis conception naturally is unlikely, if I were helped or assisted by Discovery it would make me feel supported and understood by the scheme I have been loyal to for nearly 20 years.

    I urge Discovery to act like the leaders in the field they are and implement this kind of Fertility Treatment plan for their needy members.

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    Tracy

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    Infertility sucks plain and simple. Even the people who do not want to have kids and would like to be fixed get the benefits of medical aid.
    Infertility has more % then diabetics how sad is that.
    Infertility has the same emotional, physical and mental pain then a cancer patient. Infertility breaks marriage and breaks a women’s/ men’s self esteem.
    Infertility is a disease like any other disease. Infertility cannot be implemented by yourself. I do not wake up one morning and decide I would like to have problems to conceive. I do not wish it on anybody as this is the worst emotional rollercoaster u can be on.
    We stay in a complex of 12 units and I know of 3 couples (including me) that are struggling with infertility.
    So 1 out of 6 couples is not the right facts.
    Imagine sitting in a restaurant, how many people in that place has issues conceiving?

    Infertility is an extra cost that needs to be covered cash wise, or like a lot people have to get loans for the treatment by a bank. Then u pay interest (UP to 32%) on something for your rest of your life, instead using that money to put your kids in a better school. Or have food on the table for a few months. And IVF does not work the first time, if your lucky it will.
    So 40k for one shot. That is the cheapest IVF. Then it is not a 100% u will be pregnant.

    Then after maybe 2 or 3 IVF u are finally pregnant. So what now? Let me tell u:

    U are already in finance situation because u had to pay 120K for IVF. Yes on a loan of 32%. Now u have to pay that back. That is stress already. So now u have to stay with ur IVF clinic until 12 weeks. That’s extra stress and money that will be taken out of your savings with discovery. And hopefully and praying each day that u make the 12 weeks date and everything is perfect with baby then u can move to your normal doctor. Not to mention the rest of the 6 months u have to keep the baby.

    By that time your savings with discovery is finished. So what now? u have no savings and have to pay for everything out of pocket. U have to put money down for all appointments and vitamins plus now u have to eat healthier for the baby sake. So there goes all your money. Stress levels goes up more.

    Then u go to your company and tell them u pregnant, this should be exciting right? Not, company tells u that they do not pay maternity leave and I think at this stage this is where u could have a heart attack. And maybe lose your baby. Now u have 6 months to save up money for 4 months maternity leave. Basically your whole salary x 4. Crap I need to pay 120K, plus appointment because my savings are finished. I need to buy vitamins and medicine for baby and me and o yes need to buy expensive food that will be health for my baby. Plus trying to save money for maternity leave.

    Another interesting fact is the food that we eat just normal food we think. NO there is so many chemicals and hormones pumped into our products that this is one cause of infertility.

    And the worst of all is. I’ve been struggling 6 years and I’m still not pregnant. And I’m stressing already for finances and yes should IVF work. But after having your kids and spending your time with them u stress about maybe getting breasts, cervix or uterus cancer from all the injection u went through when u had IVF. So please tell me at the end where do we win?

    I’m with discovery and through my whole procedure there was absolutely NO assistants and helping us. We had to fight with them for 6 months to pay a hospital bill (IVF related) that they never paid. And I blame discovery for the stress that they put us through that my IVF did not work.

    If discovery decide to say yes to IVF and they pay that will be fantastic. But please don’t come with the bullsh*t of it comes out of your savings. How many people have 40 k in there savings at the end of the year.
    How many people hit a 0 balance in middle of year or even 3rd month.

    Do your self a favour go have a look on facebook group, IVF, this is people all over the world that cry. hate, get depressed because they can’t have kids. This is women/ men especially that give up because of finances. This is people who got no way of fixing there situation.

    Now u want to tell me that Infertility is not a disease?

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    Leichia

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    Pls discovery even if it is 3 iui treatments. Help your people. We are with discover for years

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    Maree Doherty

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    There are so many people that need this. My husband and I are one of these people. There is nothing more in this world that we want. And we can not afford it. We pay our premiums every month for our medical aid which covers all sorts of illnesses, why not infertility.

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    Lara Hochstadter

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    Infertility is a medical condition plain and simple. As such it should be covered by medical aid. The inability to have children affects people for their whole lives and contributes toward emotional and psychological anguish which leads to further medical problems. Additionally – when people pay for ivf themselves they usually try two or more eggs per round leading to many multiple births. These end up costing the medical aids a fortune as a night in nicu can cost R10 000 easily. Thus if medical aid covered ivf they could add the proviso that only one egg be transferred per round leading to fewer multiple births, safer pregnancies and ultimately less outlay by the medical aid.

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    Lara Hochstadter

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    Infertility is a medical condition plain and simple. As such it should be covered by medical aid. The inability to have children affects people for their whole lives and contributes toward emotional and psychological anguish which leads to further medical problems. Additionally – when people pay for ivf themselves they usually try two or more eggs per round leading to many multiple births. These end up costing the medical aids a fortune as a night in nicu can cost R10 000 easily. Thus if medical aid covered ivf they could add the proviso that only one egg be transferred per round leading to fewer multiple births, safer pregnancies and ultimately less outlay by the medical aid.

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    radhika

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    I belong to bankmed, I feel medical aid should pay for infertility treatment, it’s a normal disease. Please give some one a chance to be a family

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    Erin

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    I agree and believe that ALL medical aids should cover infertility treatments and assist couples who want to have children. It is a very costly problem that people go through. Medical aids should cover infertility as that too is a medical condition not a choice made by the member.

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    Lebogang Moreosele

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    Im on Discovery health and its devastating that they dont cover for infertility treatment. Its stressing enough to be diagnosed and then have an additional financial burden to deal with. So definatly Discovery must cover full treatment

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    Marelie

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    I am on Discovery, and we paid for our own IVF treatment. We would love to have sister or brother for our little girl, but all our savings are depleted. I agree that medical AIDS should pay for fertility treatment.

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    Yvette Rennie

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    I support that medical aids should pay for infertility treatments.

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    Joelene

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    I am with Momentum Health and i agree that Medical aid should cover Fertility treatment no one will understand what if feels like to really want a baby and you cant and fertility treatment is very expensive. I am only 26 years old and struggling with fertility and i can not afford IVF i need to have ivf because iui or anything wont work because of my tubes

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    anonymus

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    im using discovery also believe they shoild meet us half way..already spend more than 200k for 3 unsucessful cyle.i cant affoed another as im still paying the banks

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    Emelda

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    i support that medical aids should cover infertility, my sister she’s with Discovery health, she had 3 ectopic pregnancies and now sh’es struggling to conceive naturaly.

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    Ronel Carver

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    I agree 100% that ALL medical aids should cover infertility. If they look at the UK and America infertility is covered. Those medical aids can afford it so why can’t ours? Even 3 IUIs, and a single IVF including all frozen embryo transfers would be a giant leap forward. This can be on their most comprehensive plan even, then at least it would be worth it. In this economy we are being crippled financially and now to never have a child is all the more depressing. Infertility has taken an enormous toll on us in all ways… and we are good, loving people who never asked for this.

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    Nutty

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    I am with Polmed Medical Aid Scheme and infertility is also not covered. I believe it should be covered like any other disease.

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