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Written by: Edward Brewer
18/03/2013 - 1:04pm

Will you be lying in the shade of a coconut tree come Easter? Or maybe lounging around a pool in Thailand? Come home with good memories of your Easter getaway this year by taking out comprehensive travel insurance.

Those idyllic holiday memories can be wiped away in a flash if you were to spend a night in hospital from an accident, with a medical bill that can cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars.

Written by: Jethro Still
15/03/2013 - 1:46pm

There's only a little time before April rolls around, with the federal government approving increases for health insurance premiums at the start of the month.

If your company is set up with business health insurance, right now is a good time to get reviewing your corporate health plan.

15/03/2013 - 1:43pm

If you are considering a holiday to the golden sands and iconic beaches of Australia or thinking of working in oz, then it's important to know a few key things about getting health care during your stay.

Some visas require visitors to take out health insurance as part of their conditions, with the Visa Subclass 457, among one of them.

14/03/2013 - 12:10pm

One vital fact that you should be aware of - if you don't know already - is that health insurance premiums are going to increase by an average of 5.6 per cent this April.

This premium increase is attributed to factors such as hospital staff wages and the cost of medical equipment and technology.

12/03/2013 - 1:55pm

Are you planning an overseas holiday this year, but not quite sure where to go?

Well then these findings from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) may help to influence your decision, with a February report revealing Aussie residents' top ten short-term departures.

Last year saw a record 8.2 million short-term resident departures (ending December 2012) compared to the 7.8 million in December 2011.

Australia's neighbour across the Tasman, New Zealand, was the most popular destination with over 1.1 million visits.

11/03/2013 - 2:18pm

In just over two weeks, health insurance premium increases are to commence which will see an average rise of 5.6 per cent for Australians with private health cover.

The new changes will take effect from April 1, with the government encouraging families to "shop around" for the best deal by comparing health insurance policies.

07/03/2013 - 2:37pm

If you're considering travelling overseas without travel insurance anytime soon - then these huge payouts might make you reconsider.

In December last year, Medibank released figures for its top ten largest travel claims in 2012, which totaled to a combined payout of $1,077,515.

Nearly half of that amount ($469,000) was paid on behalf of a traveller who suffered a "potentially fatal" kidney disease while in the United States.

Written by: Jethro Still
07/03/2013 - 12:02pm

If you have done a private health insurance comparison and have found a health cover that is most suitable to your medical and financial needs, then you're probably considering switching plans.

Now is a great time to get reviewing your plan before the private health cover premium increases begin from April 1.

05/03/2013 - 11:57am

There has been a flurry of activity in the Australian health insurance sector, with proposed changes to private health cover policies set to take effect this year and next year.

04/03/2013 - 3:39pm

Australian traveller Natalie Hensby probably didn't think her trip to Thailand for the famous Full Moon Party would end with her spending three weeks in a Bangkok hospital.

Natalie was with her friends travelling on a boat that collided at full speed with another, where she was then knocked unconscious and thrown into the water sustaining serious injuries.

She was medevaced to Bangkok for surgery and hospitalised for three weeks.