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29/08/2014 - 8:27am

Australia, along with many other developed countries, has experienced a dramatic increase in births by Cesarean section. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, about 32 per cent of all Australian births were given by C-section at the end of 2013. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends no more than 5-10 per cent of all births be given via C-section. This means that birth in Australia exceeds the WHO's recommendation significantly.

When are C-sections necessary?

18/08/2014 - 11:17am

According to the Australian Government, one in five Australians will experience a mental illness at some point in their life. Mental illnesses, also characterised as mental disorders, have profound impacts on individuals and their families.

The Australian Government states a mental illness is any health issue that impacts how a person feels, behaves, thinks and interacts over a long period of time. There are a variety of mental disorders, but some of the most common among Australians are schizophrenia, personality disorders, bipolar and mood disorders, and eating disorders.

13/08/2014 - 1:36pm

Many Australians have taken an interest in naturopathy in recent years. This ancient system of medicine has become popular as more and more people have opted to turn to more natural remedies for chronic illness. Before deciding whether or not naturopathy is right for you, you should know the details behind this theory of medical care.

What is naturopathy?

11/08/2014 - 1:54pm

The Australian government announced it is taking applications from private companies hoping to process Medicare and pharmaceutical benefits claims. The decision to privatise medical payment processing is indicative of the government's recent trend toward fiscal efficiency, more privatised services and, in the end, savings for taxpayers.

11/08/2014 - 1:54pm

Australians comparing private health cover should make sure they research their options in depth to clear up any confusion surrounding plastic surgery procedures. The issue has recently come into the public awareness, as some health insurance customers have experienced issues when claiming for plastic surgery cover. For example, Candi Browne, a breast cancer survivor, recently faced some delays in securing payment for a reconstructive surgery.

06/08/2014 - 11:35am

Couples struggling with reproductive health issues may stand to benefit financially from private health insurance. Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) services, including in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI), and Gamete Intra Fallopian Transfer (GIFT), can help families struggling with infertility achieve a successful pregnancy.

If you are considering ART for your family, you should compare health insurance packages to determine the best match for your individual needs.

Infertility

05/08/2014 - 4:36pm

Although working for a start-up company can have many perks - close interaction with supervisors, an abundance of fresh ideas and enthusiastic coworkers are just a few general examples - salary and benefits are known not to be among them. When working for a company that's just getting off the ground, many employees find they have to sacrifice a higher salary and business health insurance options. The tradeoff is sometimes taken in stride by fresh-faced employees (especially millennials), but it isn't a good long-term strategy for employee retention.

29/07/2014 - 4:10pm

Public health benefits often lack the additional coverage Australians need to remain healthy and pain-free. Private health insurance, on the other hand, can offer cover for dental, optical and chiropractic treatments so many Australians find essential.

28/07/2014 - 4:21pm

Family health insurance can provide coverage to protect your family's needs, however there are some areas that are not always black and white.

If you have children or dependants listed on your family policy, you should be aware at what age they are no longer classified as children. It is also important to understand the conditions outlined for a dependant. Furthermore, newborn babies and private health insurance to cover you during pregnancy can come with certain conditions.

25/07/2014 - 12:10pm

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) recently released a report, Australia's Medical Indemnity Claims 2012-2013, which details the number of medical indemnity claims made, both public and private. The AIHW classifies these claims as those that "arise from allegations of problems in the provision of health services".

This information could play a role in the health insurance choices consumers make moving forward, especially those looking into obtaining private health insurance coverage.

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