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  • Discovery is offering members discounted rates for so-called isolation hotels.
  • It has partnered with a hotel group that offers facilities that include testing and nursing. 
  • Discovery members can get a room at a reduced rate for two days while waiting for Covid-19 test results - or for 14 days after a confirmed diagnosis, subject to healthcare advice.
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Health insurer Discovery is now offering members discounted rates if they need to check into an "isolation hotel".

It has partnered with The Capital group, which has a number of hotels and apartments across the country that offer isolation options, including facilities like testing, nursing and other support staff.

Isolation hotels offer an option for people who may have had exposure to Covid-19, and want to stay in self-isolation to protect their families. It could also offer a place to stay for those who have the virus, but do not require hospitalisation.

Capital has "designated sanitised sanctuaries" at its hotels in Sandton, Rosebank, Pretoria, Cape Town and Umhlanga.

The service includes three meals a day; an onsite nurse (made available by Discovery Health), a laundry service, "smart" televisions with DSTV and streaming services like Netflix, as well as free uncapped high speed Wi-Fi.

Members will also have access to nursing care, over-the-counter medicine and online doctor consultations. 

At the beginning of lockdown, Capital Hotels dropped its normal room rates down by 55% to R1,350 for a standard hotel room or R2,000 for a one-bedroom apartment. Discovery Medical Scheme members who then choose to isolate in these facilities are being offered an additional R400 off the reduced rate of R1,350.

This means Discovery members will pay R950 for a standard room or R1,600 for a one-bedroom apartment

The Capital Hotels and Apartments
The Capital Hotels and Apartments says it will take off R400 of their normal room rate. Source The Capital Hotels and Apartments

Discovery members can book into the isolation hotels at these reduced rates for two days while waiting for Covid-19 test results - or for 14 days after a confirmed diagnosis of Covid-19, subject to healthcare advice.

This article was updated to include details about hotel rates

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