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06/05/2013 - 8:28am

If you're paying private health insurance premiums, you may be eligible for a private health insurance rebate.

This is a government-funded initiative that helps Australians and their families to cover health insurance payments.

Singles earning more than $130,000 and families earning over $260,000 are not eligible for a government rebate, no matter their age.

Written by: Edward Brewer
03/05/2013 - 2:13pm

A fantastic new tool that will no doubt prove useful in Australia's ongoing fight against heart attacks was released on May 1 by Victoria's Heart Foundation.

It's called Victorian Heart Maps, and essentially highlights areas around the state that have a high level of heart-attack activity.

As it stands, the people of Central Goldfields are most at risk, with Towong, Pyrenees, Yarriambiack and Southern Grampians following close behind.

This has been determined through data that was collected over the past five years by the Victorian government.

Written by: Jethro Still
02/05/2013 - 10:48am

The latest issue of Health Voices (the journal of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia) reveals some of the important issues currently facing the Australian healthcare system.

Mark Metherell, communications manager of the Consumers Health Forum, states that the average Australian is paying over $1,000 a year in out of pocket costs to meet "gaps" not covered by Medicare.

That's the fifth highest rate in the world, according to current affairs program AM.

Written by: Les Lane
02/05/2013 - 10:46am

Every year, more than a quarter of a million Australians are being driven to quit the workforce prematurely because of debilitating back and arthritic pain.

This shocking statistic was revealed by Andrew McNamara, chief executive of The Chiropractors' Association of Australia, in a May 1 statement.

Mr McNamara said that retirements due to recurring medical problems are a "major setback to our nation’s productivity, with the government taking a $2.9 billion loss to GDP and an extra $1 billion in welfare payments and loss of tax income annually."

Written by: Jethro Still
01/05/2013 - 12:57pm

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has revealed today (May 1) that Australia's Medicare levy is set to increase from 1.5 per cent to 2.0 per cent.

It is expected that this new legislation will be introduced on July 1 of next year; however, Ms Gillard said that Australians will be given the opportunity to have their say in September this year.

The billions of dollars this proposed tax hike is projected to raise will go towards funding the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Written by: Suzanne Still
01/05/2013 - 12:00pm

The National Stroke Foundation and The Pharmacy Guild of Australia are launching a campaign to combat "the silent killer" - high blood pressure.

"Nearly four million Australians over 25 have high blood pressure but many do not know their blood pressure numbers," stated Dr Erin Lalor, chief executive officer of the National Stroke Foundation.

Health check stations will be set up around Victoria between May 13 and 19 to remedy this, offering people the chance to take a questionnaire and determine their current blood pressure.

Written by: Les Lane
26/04/2013 - 4:06pm

If you are planning on getting plastic surgery, there are a few things you need to consider before booking a procedure.

First, if you are thinking about having a non-surgical cosmetic procedure or cosmetic surgery, you should be aware that Medicare benefits do not apply to such treatments. Most private health insurance policies will not cover certain aspects of cosmetic procedures, such as hospital costs.

Written by: Les Lane
26/04/2013 - 8:18am

Victoria's Premier Denis Napthine announced on April 24 that Epping's Northern Hospital is in for a major upgrade.

The growing population of Melbourne's northern suburbs has motivated Victoria's government to fund the addition of a three-storey wing onto the hospital.

Mr Napthine stated yesterday that the government is making a preemptive strike, as it were, "to make sure that people and families in Melbourne’s north continue to have access to top-quality health services in the long-term".

24/04/2013 - 2:11pm

Dental decay is one of the most commonly treated health problems in Australia.

A few state governments, including Queensland's, have recently declared that local councils are allowed to make up their own minds about whether to add fluoride to their towns' water supplies.

Water fluoridation, according to the Australian Dental Association (ADA), has been safely implemented in Australia for the past 50 years, and has proven itself to be an effective method of preventing dental decay.

Written by: Edward Brewer
23/04/2013 - 8:22am

A study compiled by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare - titled the "Australian Hospital Statistics 2011-12" report - demonstrates that Victorian public hospitals are top in the country when it comes to emergency patient treatment.