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10/04/2015 - 5:06pm

Do you have any complaints or concerns surrounding your private health insurance?

Some Australians do, and will turn to their health funds for advice. However, many others are not receiving the level of service they would like from their insurance providers, a recent report suggests.

The Private Health Insurance Ombudsman (PHIO) - the body responsible for monitoring the industry and handling customer problems and enquiries - has released its annual report over the concerns of private health insurance customers.

09/04/2015 - 10:32am

It is a sign of Australia's quickly growing population that newborns are brought into the world with increasing frequency each year.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there were 251,161 births in 2003, while that figure jumped to 309,582 only 10 years later.

07/04/2015 - 5:48pm

At the start of this month, the Australian government pushed ahead with the annual rise in premiums for health insurance policyholders.

Announced in March, health insurance premiums have risen by an average of 6.18 per cent. However, this has varied depending on the health fund and product in question. The actual premium rise for an individual has been anywhere between 3.98 and 6.99 per cent.

07/04/2015 - 2:22pm

In a country of more than 23 million, around half of the Australian population have private health insurance. But why, you may ask.

All Australian residents have access to free public health services through Medicare, after all, so what causes such a large portion of Australians to turn to the private system, which is accessible through a health fund?

Here, we take a look at some of the reasons:

For added choice and control

30/03/2015 - 2:39pm

Many public hospitals are finding themselves pushed for time and resources, which is leaving them struggling to meet the high standards demanded of the medical industry.

The first victim in such a case is often the waiting times. Medical professionals are, of course, not going to reduce their quality of care; but with a growing and ageing population, it is leaving the queue to see a doctor, nurse or surgeon rather long.

27/03/2015 - 3:48pm

By now, you may have heard about the changes about to come into place that will affect the cost of health insurance in Australia. An annual rise in premium rates will give health funds the ability to maintain a high level of benefits in the light of increasing cost pressures.

27/03/2015 - 3:43pm

If you are thinking of purchasing private health insurance in the coming weeks, you may find ample reason to do so.

27/03/2015 - 3:32pm

With the latest premium price rise coming into effect from 1 April, many people will look for ways to cut the cost of their health insurance policy.

Of course, this is a fine balancing act. One of the main advantages of having health insurance is the benefit of security through a well-rounded level of cover. Any changes to a policy must be done surgically rather than with a hammer and chisel.

19/03/2015 - 8:17am

Creating a health insurance policy that covers your most pressing medical needs can be a complicated task.

On top of any specific health issues, there are common concerns that, without the right level of cover, can leave Australians with lower levels of care.

For instance, if a medical condition is to strike, many private health customers will want to choose their doctor and the location they will receive treatment - something that a complete policy will allow them to do.

16/03/2015 - 3:51pm

There can be many reasons why you want to start using private healthcare. To have more choice over your hospital treatment, or to avoid larger premiums once you cross the 30-year-old lifetime health cover threshold, for instance.