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Written by: Suzanne Still
25/10/2012 - 12:05pm

When getting ready to travel overseas there are many things that need to be taken care of, and this may include sorting out your health insurance premiums while you are away.

Some funds will allow you to suspend cover for the period that you are away if it is longer than one month.

It is recommended that you contact your health fund for details regarding membership suspension as they vary for different policies.

Written by: Edward Brewer
25/10/2012 - 12:04pm

Around 1600 people sit on the Australian organ transplant waiting lists, where on average people can wait anywhere between six months and four years.

Australia is said to be a 'world leader for successful transplant outcomes' by DonateLife, but is said to have the lowest donation rates in the developed world.

Minister for health and minister for medical research Jillian Skinner announced yesterday (October 24) that changes aimed at doubling the rates of organ donation in NSW have been 'signed into law'.

Written by: Edward Brewer
24/10/2012 - 12:03pm

The minister for health and minister for medical research Jillian Skinner has announced that the NSW government will put a $3.6 million investment into cancer research.

The recipients of 12 infrastructure grants were announced on October 23, with $1 million going toward the Kids Cancer Alliance which will help 'pave the way' in new cancer treatments for children.

Written by: Jethro Still
24/10/2012 - 12:02pm

Excess is the amount that you agree to pay if you were to be hospitalised. You will need to pay the amount of your excess toward your hospital costs before the fund pays its benefits.

Choosing an excess on your hospital cover means you agree to pay part of the bill if you go to hospital, with the health fund giving you lower premiums in return.

Excesses can be payable for overnight stays and day procedures. If you are hospitalised excesses with some health funds apply once per year, and others applying in the first two to three admissions or each time you are hospitalised.

Written by: Jethro Still
23/10/2012 - 3:15pm

The countdown is on, with only three more days until CanTeen's National Bandanna Day on October 26.

CanTeen supports young people aged from 12 to 24 who are living with cancer, with the charity based on the philosophy that no young person should go through the disease alone.

National Bandanna Day has been held for almost 20 years, with almost one million CanTeen bandannas sold around Australia every year.

Written by: Suzanne Still
22/10/2012 - 6:20am

"The changes to the private health insurance rules are disappointingly complex and potentially will cost the industry hundreds of millions of dollars", said Suzanne Still CEO of Health Insurance Consultants Australia.

Written by: Edward Brewer
19/10/2012 - 11:36am

Around 6.6 million Australians have low bone density, where early detection can help to prevent osteoporosis.

As part of World Osteoporosis Day on October 20, Osteoporosis Australia is posing the question, how dense are you? This is to help identify the millions of Australians who are living with the condition, to help "strengthen the nation's bones".

Written by: Suzanne Still
19/10/2012 - 11:34am

Nearly 37 Australian women are diagnosed with breast cancer each day, and with Pink Ribbon Day coming up on October 22, breast cancer survivors are put into the spotlight.

Medicare has provided over 50,000 women with over $20 million in reimbursements with the External Breast Prostheses Reimbursement Program which began in 2008.

Minister for human services senator Kim Carr is reminding Australian breast cancer survivors who have had a mastectomy about the reimbursement program from Medicare.

Written by: Edward Brewer
18/10/2012 - 2:39pm

The $24.5 million Alice Springs Hospital Emergency Department and 24 hour Medical Imaging facility is nearing completion, with minister for health David Tollner saying that the new ED is 'on track' to open by March 2013.

The new ED and imaging facility was funded with $10.9 million in territory government funding and $13.6 million from the federal government's health and hospitals fund.

Written by: Suzanne Still
18/10/2012 - 2:39pm

Breast cancer accounted for 28.2 per cent of all new cancers in women in 2008, and is the most common cancer - excluding non-melanoma skin cancers - that affects Australian women.

A report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) on October 17 found that over 1.7 million women had a screening mammogram in 2009-10 through BreastScreen Australia, with 1.3 million of those screened belonging to the target age group.

The report found that 55 per cent of the program's target age group, women aged 50 to 69, were screened in 2009-10.