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Written by: Jethro Still
25/09/2013 - 4:38pm

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has just released a report, titled 'Health Expenditure Australia 2011-12', which reveals that $140.2 billion was spent on health care across the country last year.

This is a slight increase on the previous year, which saw a total health expenditure of $132.6 billion.

Australian health insurance, individuals and non-government sources were responsible for 30.3 per cent of this spending, and the rest was contributed by governments.

Written by: Edward Brewer
25/09/2013 - 4:02pm

A new operating table and renal dialysis unit are just two features of an impending expansion planned for Healesville Hospital, according to Health Minister David Davis.

Mr Davis announced that $7.8 million in government funding will be used to provide additional health services to the Healesville community.

The announcement is welcome news to the locals after the 'Save Healesville Hospital Action Group' was formed late last year in response to reductions to maternity and surgical facilities.

Written by: Suzanne Still
24/09/2013 - 4:28pm

Visitors to Australia who apply for the 457 visa are required to arrange an adequate level of health insurance in order for their visa to be considered.

23/09/2013 - 4:19pm

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) recently published a report about what happens to older patients when they are discharged from hospital.

AIHW is a government initiative that provides facts and figures about health and wellbeing in Australia.

The report, titled 'Movement Between Hospital and Residential Aged Care 2008-09,' reveals that of those patients who are aged 65 years or older, the majority are able to return home following hospital treatment. This is opposed to being discharged to a residential care facility.

Written by: Suzanne Still
19/09/2013 - 4:55pm

It is common knowledge that offering employee benefits programs is a fantastic way not only to attract prospective workers to your business, but also to retain your current staff.

These programs come in all shapes and sizes, but one of the most important offerings you can put on the table is business health insurance.

Written by: Jethro Still
19/09/2013 - 4:54pm

Ballarat Health Services is currently undergoing a major redevelopment, which will see hospital beds and a much-needed helipad being added to the hospital.

Minister for Health David Davis announced on Thursday (September 19) that the redevelopment had just entered a new phase, which will see the third and fourth floors of the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre being "fitted-out".

18/09/2013 - 4:22pm

It's relatively easy to change from one health insurance provider to another, if you decide this is the right move for you and your family - especially with HICA on your side.

HICA can help to make this decision as hassle-free as possible, so don't hesitate to contact us and start the process today.

There is legislation in place to protect Australians who want to switch health insurance providers.

18/09/2013 - 4:21pm

According to the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman (PHIO), you should be reviewing your health insurance policy at least once a year.

This will help you prevent gaps from creeping into your cover, as well as make sure you're not paying for cover that you don't actually need.

In addition to this, whenever a significant event takes place in your life - such as when you get married or divorced, have a child or reach certain age milestones - you should also review your health insurance policy.

16/09/2013 - 4:59pm

It's Dementia Awareness Week, and Alzheimer's Australia is organising events all over the country.

The theme of this year's seven-day event, which is running from September 16 to 22, is "Brain Health: Making the Connections".

This was also the theme of Dr Kristine Yaffe's presentation, which took place at Parliament House in Sydney today (September 16).

12/09/2013 - 1:02pm

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has just released a report titled 'Asthma Hospitalisations in Australia 2010-11'.

This reveals that people suffering from asthma are now spending less time in hospital than ever before.

Louise York, spokesperson for the AIHW, revealed in a September 11 statement that Australia has one of the lowest rates of hospitalisation for people with asthma in the entire world.