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04/04/2013 - 1:39pm

Are you considering taking out private health cover? Then it's essential that you know which questions to ask your potential health fund to ensure that your health insurance plan caters to your medical and financial needs.

Written by: Suzanne Still
04/04/2013 - 12:58pm

Keeping track of your children's immunisation dates can be quite the mission, but NSW Health has made it easier for parents with an innovative app that will help them to get their kids fully immunised on time.

It's noted that around 90 per cent of children aged one and two in NSW are fully immunised but 95 per cent of coverage is needed for 'effective' disease control.

03/04/2013 - 12:38pm

If you are considering taking out health insurance, then it's important to know the type of cover that you're after.

There are two types of private health insurance, with hospital policies covering you when you go to hospital and general treatment policies - also known as extras or ancillary - covering you for ancillary treatment (such as dental or physiotherapy).

03/04/2013 - 11:08am

The past few weeks may have had you thinking more about the extent of your family's health care with the rise of health insurance premiums, but parents will be given more to think about with the introduction of a new combination vaccine.

From July 1, Australian children will only need one needle at 18 months to be fully protected from measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox.

02/04/2013 - 12:11pm

Just before the health insurance premium increase came into effect yesterday (April 1) the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman (PHIO) published its annual State of the Health Funds Report (the Report) on March 28.

Written by: Jethro Still
28/03/2013 - 3:17pm

The Private Health Insurance Ombudsman (PHIO) has listed asking your doctor for an estimate of fees before receiving treatment as one of their ten golden rules of private health insurance.

"Wherever practical, doctors should provide information to their patients about fees for any proposed treatment and should be prepared to discuss their charges before providing their services," the PHIO states.

Written by: Suzanne Still
27/03/2013 - 2:15pm

Results from the Australian Health Survey give an important insight into the actions people take in relation to their health, said director of health at the Australian Bureau of Statistics Louise Gates, in order to understand how to "better prevent illness and injury".

Over half of us regularly checked our skin for changes in freckles or moles in 2011-12 period, according to results released yesterday (March 26) from the Australian Health Survey.

27/03/2013 - 2:13pm

If you have health insurance, you should be aware by now of the private health insurance premium increases that will take place from April 1.

Premiums may increase for various reasons including when hospital, medical or other health related costs rise and if members have increased use of health services.

26/03/2013 - 3:02pm

If you're planning on visiting Australia some time soon, it's vital that you take care of your health care requirements to ensure you really enjoy your trip - without getting stuck with a costly medical bill.

The Australian government has Reciprocal Health Care Agreements (RHCA) with New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Belgium, Italy, Slovenia and Malta.

Written by: Suzanne Still
25/03/2013 - 3:33pm

A "modern day collection tin" has been launched for the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal, with the Facebook app for the campaign going live today (March 25).

Donating has never been easier, where instead of scrounging around for change, people can simply use the app to make a donation and receive an emailed receipt within minutes.