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08/01/2015 - 2:42pm

Establishing that your health and wellbeing will be looked after in the long-term is something everyone desires. To that end, ensuring you do not pay too much for your health insurance cover, learning the intricacies of Lifetime Health Cover (LHC) can prove crucial if you don't want to be penalised.

08/01/2015 - 1:59pm

The Australian Government is set to review the rebate on private health insurance premiums for natural therapies undertaken by private health insurance policy holders. The initial plan was drawn up way back in July 2012, with extended delays pushing back the implementation of the review until 1 April this year.

08/01/2015 - 1:58pm

Taking out private health cover can give you the peace of mind that should you be in need of treatment, there will be a number of options available. What many policy holders don't understand is how the nuances of using their private health insurance in getting treatment from a public hospital affects them.

07/01/2015 - 1:28pm

The Private Health Insurance Ombudsman (PHIO) has recently released the latest information surrounding its performance, and the wider state of the industry.

The PHIO is a statutory government agency which is tasked with overseeing the health insurance industry and attempting to resolve any ongoing issues between health funds and consumers.

07/01/2015 - 1:27pm

Technology is driving innovation in nearly every commercial sector. Following an announcement by the government that Australia's first digital eHealth facility is now open, it appears even hospitals are following the trend, too.

St Stephen's Private Hospital in Hervey Bay is the first of its kind in Australia, with provisions for up to 96 inpatients and three operating theatres utilising only the most up-to-date and sophisticated eHealth technologies.

The future of health care

06/01/2015 - 8:21am

The Australian government is set to roll out a Community Awareness initiative to help the wider population better understand the issues surrounding organ donation.

The Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA) was set up in 2009 as a way for the government to better manage organ donors - and their specific wishes - across the country. This latest announcement will see over $462,000 provided to over 22 organisations which have the remit of increasing interest and helping Australians better understand what it means to become an organ donor.

22/12/2014 - 12:01pm

Following the floating of Medibank on the Australia Stock Exchange (ASX) in late November, the immediate aftermath seemed to be overwhelmingly positive. The share price reached $2.22 on its opening day, a figure welcomed by investors who managed to buy their stake in the company for the issue price of $2. 

19/12/2014 - 12:06pm

A new calendar year offers a clean slate in many aspects of life. From joining a gym to eating more healthily, many people use the ticking over of the calendar as a means to review.

Whilst you don't have to do anything particularly drastic, making sure that your private health insurance is giving you the best possible coverage should be high on your list of resolutions. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Make sure your premiums are up-to-date

18/12/2014 - 4:31pm

The government has announced that reinforcing Medicare as 'strong and sustainable' is one of their main aims into 2015.

Following the release of the 2014-2015 budget, there was to be a $7 Medicare co-payment introduced across the country. However, this has now been scrapped. Rather than that ill-received co-payment, the government has plans to introduce a package of new schemes which - it is hoped - will only better Medicare and continue to provide what it describes as 'affordable, world-class healthcare.'

17/12/2014 - 3:10pm

There are a whole host of health funds which can provide you with an even bigger number of insurance products. Putting in the time and effort to find the right one may be something you only do once, but keeping in mind that you have the right to change can be crucial.