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.

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.


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