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29/03/2016 - 8:39am

Confucius probably summed it up best: "Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." It's been 2,500 years since the Chinese philosopher muttered these words, and yet we perhaps make things more complicated today than ever before.

29/03/2016 - 8:33am

Are you worried by the amount your health insurance premiums might rise on April 1? All insurers will increase their premiums by the end of March - some by a little, some by a lot.

23/03/2016 - 4:07pm

Like all things related to health insurance, it's important to be informed. That's a note that rings particularly true with all Australian health funds increasing the amount they charge their clients on  April 1.

The average premium rise will be 5.59 per cent, the government announced in March. However, your health fund could be dramatically lower or higher than that - and their rate change is sure to influence you in the back pocket.

18/03/2016 - 4:35pm

With health insurance premiums rising on April 1, members, as well as those looking for their first private health cover policy, will be scouring the market for a deal.

17/03/2016 - 9:01am

On April 1, 2016, private health insurance premiums will rise by an average 5.59 per cent. However, that is just the median, meaning many will be above that line and many also below it.

16/03/2016 - 9:05am

Every year on April 1, health funds raise their premiums. They do this to combat their own growing costs that occur thanks to inflation, an increased healthcare burden and the costs of new, modern medical equipment.

In March, the 2016 figure was released. Health insurance premiums will rise by an average 5.59 per cent on April 1, 2016.

15/03/2016 - 3:48pm

Australia's private health insurance is a beast with many arms, and they're all flailing in different directions. Focus on your Medicare levy surcharge for too long, and you might get blindsided by lifetime health cover; try and get your head around which health fund to go with, and you might miss important deadlines and end up paying more.

15/03/2016 - 1:55pm

Australians have had their say and many people are concerned over the future of healthcare, with the issue becoming their number-one priority. What's more, they're ready to spend their vote to ensure healthcare stays top of our policymakers' minds.

15/03/2016 - 1:51pm

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an issue that is putting a huge burden on the health system. The organs are specialists at keeping the bloodstream clean of toxins, and also produce various hormones that we need each and every day.

And yet kidney damage and reduced kidney function - two health issues that categorise CKD - are becoming more prevalent in Australia, and more expensive to treat.

08/03/2016 - 9:03am

As April 1 approaches, health insurance policyholders will be preparing for increases to their premiums. Health funds put up their rates annually, and for the past few years, this magic number has been 6 per cent.