The rising costs of living are such that even those with gainful employment sometimes find themselves unable to afford health cover. In this instance, individuals may find themselves ignoring symptoms that their health is on the decline, simply because they can’t afford to visit a doctor.
The digital health and wellness startup Mediwell is looking to change all of this by offering employers the opportunity to manage their employees’ health. The service is targeted at individuals that are employed but are not medically insured.
Marketing and Operations executive, Salome Banks at Mediwell explained how the service works.
“It’s for those employees that cannot afford medical aid and have to go to government clinics and take the whole day off work. We want to screen these employees, make sure we detect the risk and prevent them from getting so sick that they have to take a lot of time off work”, she said.
Mediwell deals directly with business owners and employers who register the employees for the service. Employees are then screened at one of 300 clinics associated with Mediwell and assigned either a high, medium or low risk category. Employees, once registered with Mediwell, are then added to the DocChat mobile platform which allows employees to interact with a medical professional.
Dr. Margaret Mojapelo, Chief executive officer and co-founder of Mediwell explained this interaction and the benefits of the service to us. “For instance if a user is screened and found to have high blood pressure we are able to send an e-script to her in real time so that the user avoids a stroke that night. We then manage that risk until the user is healthy and once she is healthy we are able to report back to the employer” said Dr. Mojapelo.
This reporting offers employers insights into the health and well being of their employees. Employers are able to see how many employees are suffering from obesity, stress, high blood pressure and more thereby being able to take action before conditions can worsen.
The Mediwell service costs approximately R80 per employee and employees will have access to the bouquet of Mediwell services including medical advice, an alert button for emergency situations and the Mediwell awareness programme.
Mediwell hopes to prevent lifestyle diseases and improve health awareness throughout South Africa as the startup continues to grow its national footprint.
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