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Health Insurance News

14/04/2014 - 7:57pm

What if you have had private health insurance in the past, but decided you "don't really need it" or "it's too expensive", and cancelled your cover? Is it possible to rejoin? And how does one do so?

14/04/2014 - 7:53pm

When it comes to maintaining one's health, many Australians have a different opinion as to what's best to nurture a healthy body. Whether your approach is to eat super foods with every meal, you rely on a brisk walk every evening, or practice plain old traditional medicine, what works varies according to who you're talking to.

10/04/2014 - 8:01am

All health insurance premiums increase each year on April 1, and some Australians with private health insurance may be confused as to why this needs to happen, or if it's even necessary at all - after all, you want the best deal possible when it comes to health insurance, both in price and cover!

08/04/2014 - 8:12am

Private health insurance holders within Australia are happier with the performance and delivery of their private health insurance funds, with high level complaints significantly decreasing over the past year.

Written by: Jethro Still
03/04/2014 - 8:15am

Minor illnesses such as ear aches and rashes might not seem serious enough for the emergency department, but over 2 million Australian patients visited hospitals in the last financial year with similar conditions.

According to an article published by the Cairns Post, these "less urgent" patients could be costing taxpayers up to $1 billion per year.

It is believed that many of these patients use emergency departments because of GP hours, and were not aware of other options available to them.

03/04/2014 - 8:14am

The amount of Australians using added vitamins, minerals and supplements to boost their health is significantly increasing, which could indicate we're becoming more aware of the importance of looking after our health with the right nutrients.

According to research from Roy Morgan, the number of Australians aged 14 and over taking vitamins, minerals or supplements in an average six months increased from 36 per cent of the population (6,614,000 people) to 42 per cent (8,001,000 people) in the year to January 2014.

03/04/2014 - 8:13am

Plenty of Australians may believe health insurance is something that can wait until they have reached their golden years. However, new research from the University of Adelaide shows the younger generation of Australians have higher levels of certain health conditions than older generations at the same age.

31/03/2014 - 7:24pm

The Australian government has confirmed the sale of Medibank Private after an independently prepared scoping study found no compelling reason for the government to hold on to the private health fund.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann made the announcement on March 26 and it was swiftly followed by a favourable statement from Australia's largest health insurance provider, Medibank.

31/03/2014 - 7:23pm

Many people would assume that a quick trip between two Australian ports would not require a travel insurance policy, especially when being treated by the onboard doctor.

Indeed, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade travel website assures its visitors that Medicare benefits are payable for people ''travelling between two Australian ports''.

However, there are some conditions that could revoke your right to claim Medicare benefits when treated on an Australian cruise ship, as 64-year-old Sandra Barrett recently found out.

26/03/2014 - 8:18pm

With the date of the 6.2 per cent health insurance premium increase fast approaching, many people have become fixated on how much it costs to take out private health insurance in Australia.