Home > Medical schemes > News Updated 01 August 2013 Discovery: spine surgery authorised After battling with her medical scheme for almost two months to approve a spine operation, Beverley Smith is finally heading into the operating room. 2 Basil and Beverley Smith in happier times. ~ Related Discovery scheme torment for Joburg woman Discovery nabs 51% of SA scheme members More to healthcare than price: Discovery Like us on Facebook » Subscribe to the newsletter » Ask CyberDoc » Quiz How long will you live? » Medical history Bacteria gallery Beverley Smith and her husband Basil have been locked in a battle with Discovery Health Medical Scheme for almost two months after her doctors told her she needed surgery on her spine – which the medical scheme refused to authorise. The surgery has now been authorised and she is due to be operated today.Despite numerous letters from both the Smiths and their doctors detailing her "urgent need" for an interspinosal stabiliser and fixator – known as a U-device – to be inserted surgically in her spine, as well as a decompression, Discovery refused to authorise the surgery until she had completed six months of conservative treatment. However, after a report in The Star and this report on Health24 yesterday, Discovery authorised the surgery, and according to Basil Smith his wife has been checked into the Bedford Gardens Life Hospital and is due to undergo surgery this afternoon. Basil said he is very relieved that the surgery his wife so desperately needs is finally going to take place, and added that he has received an apology from Discovery, which he is also pleased with. Amy Froneman More in Medical schemes SA medical schemes in favour of improving clinical quality healthcare More: Medical schemesNews advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 2 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical Scientists turn to aspirin to turbo-charge cancer immunotherapy Medical MDR-TB treatment comes closer, but not close enough Medical Electricity, better than chemotherapy? Lifestyle The dangers of smokeless tobacco Multimedia Doctors Without Borders (MSF) rescue migrants in distress in the Mediterranean Sea Medical Epileptic girl becomes Mexico's first legal consumer of medical marijuana From our sponsors Is your baby dehydrated? How to tell. Fifty and fabulous! There’s something newly cool about turning 50 Keeping your skin soft, moisturised and winter-ready Live healthier Your health » How well do you know the body? Your healthy liver lifestyle Are you healthy? Tell us about your health and you could win R5000. Up for grabs » Tell us about your health Stay warm when the lights go out Win R1000 in cash! Win an energy-saving Spindel Enter our competition and stand a chance of winning an energy saving Spindel valued at R2200!