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12/09/2014 - 9:54am

Australians enjoy a high-quality, comprehensive public health care system. However, quality comes at a price, and the Australian government incentivises participation in private health insurance programmes to reduce the country's health care costs.

Residents are required to pay a Medicare levy to fund the public system to which they have access. If you're unsure of the specifics of exactly what you're funding and who your contributions are covering, read on.

05/09/2014 - 9:50am

Advocates of chiropractic believe this treatment can be effective for many maladies. Chiropractic is one of the few branches of holistic treatments that appear to be legitimate in their ability to treat a variety of illnesses. The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) is in official relations with the WHO, which speaks to the treatment's standing in the health community.

But what exactly is chiropractic? What can it treat? And, perhaps most importantly, is it covered by Australian health insurance?

04/09/2014 - 9:29am

Did you know you have the right to change your mind in regard to your Australian health insurance? You can choose to leave or make changes to a health insurance plan at any time. However, most consumers know that changing plans can involve paying hundreds of dollars in contributions for a service that might not have been meeting their needs.

What is a cooling off period?

29/08/2014 - 9:27am

Australia, along with many other developed countries, has experienced a dramatic increase in births by Cesarean section. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, about 32 per cent of all Australian births were given by C-section at the end of 2013. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends no more than 5-10 per cent of all births be given via C-section. This means that birth in Australia exceeds the WHO's recommendation significantly.

When are C-sections necessary?

18/08/2014 - 12:17pm

According to the Australian Government, one in five Australians will experience a mental illness at some point in their life. Mental illnesses, also characterised as mental disorders, have profound impacts on individuals and their families.

The Australian Government states a mental illness is any health issue that impacts how a person feels, behaves, thinks and interacts over a long period of time. There are a variety of mental disorders, but some of the most common among Australians are schizophrenia, personality disorders, bipolar and mood disorders, and eating disorders.

13/08/2014 - 2:36pm

Many Australians have taken an interest in naturopathy in recent years. This ancient system of medicine has become popular as more and more people have opted to turn to more natural remedies for chronic illness. Before deciding whether or not naturopathy is right for you, you should know the details behind this theory of medical care.

What is naturopathy?

11/08/2014 - 2:54pm

The Australian government announced it is taking applications from private companies hoping to process Medicare and pharmaceutical benefits claims. The decision to privatise medical payment processing is indicative of the government's recent trend toward fiscal efficiency, more privatised services and, in the end, savings for taxpayers.

11/08/2014 - 2:54pm

Australians comparing private health cover should make sure they research their options in depth to clear up any confusion surrounding plastic surgery procedures. The issue has recently come into the public awareness, as some health insurance customers have experienced issues when claiming for plastic surgery cover. For example, Candi Browne, a breast cancer survivor, recently faced some delays in securing payment for a reconstructive surgery.

06/08/2014 - 12:35pm

Couples struggling with reproductive health issues may stand to benefit financially from private health insurance. Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) services, including in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI), and Gamete Intra Fallopian Transfer (GIFT), can help families struggling with infertility achieve a successful pregnancy.

If you are considering ART for your family, you should compare health insurance packages to determine the best match for your individual needs.

Infertility

05/08/2014 - 5:36pm

Although working for a start-up company can have many perks - close interaction with supervisors, an abundance of fresh ideas and enthusiastic coworkers are just a few general examples - salary and benefits are known not to be among them. When working for a company that's just getting off the ground, many employees find they have to sacrifice a higher salary and business health insurance options. The tradeoff is sometimes taken in stride by fresh-faced employees (especially millennials), but it isn't a good long-term strategy for employee retention.