healthcareBDLive reports that Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS) is to raise its premiums by a weighted average of 10.2% in January.  

Members belonging to different options will face contribution increases ranging between 7.8% and 14.9%, but will not face significant changes to their benefits.  DHMS is the biggest medical scheme on the open market and had 2,715,864 members at the end of July.  Earlier this year, Discovery Health CEO Jonathan Broomberg warned that medical scheme members were likely to face higher than usual premium increases, as a result of increased claims.  He added that the whole industry has experienced a definite increase in utilisation over the past 12 months.

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