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 News Man survives industrial crowbar impalement Fitness Muscle strength fades after only two weeks' inactivity Medical July 27th: World Head and Neck Cancer Day Diet and nutrition How efforts to combat food waste may backfire Lifestyle Online symptom-checkers often wrong Medical US programmes aim to reduce new diabetes cases From our sponsors Keeping your skin soft, moisturised and winter-ready The health benefits of donating blood Hydration is vital all year round Momentum Health: an industry leader in healthcare Live healthier Up for grabs » Raw pet food a risky choice New finding on pet food scare Why do wet dogs stink? Win food for your pet Stand a chance of winning a lazy bed and new Hill’s Ideal Balance dog food! Cure your cough » Diagnosing a chronic cough The most abused over-the-counter drug in SA Five of the weirdest things to cause a cough Why are you coughing? A cough can be a symptom of a wide variety of different health conditions, ranging from a foreign body to infective diseases and even cancer.