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Written by: Suzanne Still
21/03/2013 - 3:12pm

If you have kids and currently only have individual health insurance, you can opt to get private health cover to look after the whole family.

Family health insurance helps to ensure that your loved ones get the appropriate medical treatment and care needed.

Written by: Jethro Still
19/03/2013 - 3:43pm

The Cancer Institute NSW has launched a new campaign calling for Australians to take more care in listening out for the early signs of lung cancer.

Lung cancer is currently the most common cause of cancer death in the country, with seven people dying of this disease in Australia every day.

David Currow, chief cancer officer and chief executive officer of the Cancer Institute NSW, says that people need to learn to recognise the signs and symptoms of lung cancer and to take action if anything feels amiss.

19/03/2013 - 2:34pm

Australians covered by health insurance will be familiar with waiting periods, which are identified as the extent of time in your health fund membership that no benefits are payable for certain services or procedures.

Waiting periods may also apply to any additional benefits when you upgrade your private health cover.

Written by: Suzanne Still
18/03/2013 - 1:06pm

Moving house can be an extremely busy and stressful time, but it's important to keep your head so that you can get essential tasks completed without adding more to your workload.

One activity that you must get done when moving homes is the update of your health insurance policy.

Let your health fund know about changes to your address to help avoid problems later on, when you may need to use your health insurance.

Written by: Edward Brewer
18/03/2013 - 1:04pm

Will you be lying in the shade of a coconut tree come Easter? Or maybe lounging around a pool in Thailand? Come home with good memories of your Easter getaway this year by taking out comprehensive travel insurance.

Those idyllic holiday memories can be wiped away in a flash if you were to spend a night in hospital from an accident, with a medical bill that can cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars.

Written by: Jethro Still
15/03/2013 - 1:46pm

There's only a little time before April rolls around, with the federal government approving increases for health insurance premiums at the start of the month.

If your company is set up with business health insurance, right now is a good time to get reviewing your corporate health plan.

15/03/2013 - 1:43pm

If you are considering a holiday to the golden sands and iconic beaches of Australia or thinking of working in oz, then it's important to know a few key things about getting health care during your stay.

Some visas require visitors to take out health insurance as part of their conditions, with the Visa Subclass 457, among one of them.

14/03/2013 - 12:10pm

One vital fact that you should be aware of - if you don't know already - is that health insurance premiums are going to increase by an average of 5.6 per cent this April.

This premium increase is attributed to factors such as hospital staff wages and the cost of medical equipment and technology.

12/03/2013 - 1:55pm

Are you planning an overseas holiday this year, but not quite sure where to go?

Well then these findings from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) may help to influence your decision, with a February report revealing Aussie residents' top ten short-term departures.

Last year saw a record 8.2 million short-term resident departures (ending December 2012) compared to the 7.8 million in December 2011.

Australia's neighbour across the Tasman, New Zealand, was the most popular destination with over 1.1 million visits.

11/03/2013 - 2:18pm

In just over two weeks, health insurance premium increases are to commence which will see an average rise of 5.6 per cent for Australians with private health cover.

The new changes will take effect from April 1, with the government encouraging families to "shop around" for the best deal by comparing health insurance policies.