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10/04/2013 - 1:24pm

Are you in need of some dental or oral surgery? Do you need a wisdom tooth removed, perhaps? According to the Australian government's Private Health Insurance Ombudsman (PHIO), wisdom tooth extraction is one of the most commonly claimed oral surgery services under private health policies.

Written by: Suzanne Still
09/04/2013 - 12:42pm

If you're planning a trip to Australia, you should put some thought into taking out private health insurance.

Accidents happen, and if you're unlucky enough to require medical attention while visiting from overseas, it's important to know what you're eligible for.

Written by: Suzanne Still
09/04/2013 - 12:36pm

Thinking about getting or upgrading your current insurance plan? Learning a little about Australia's medicare levy surcharge (also known as MLS) may just encourage you to stop thinking and start acting!

Written by: Edward Brewer
08/04/2013 - 3:36pm

Thursday April 11 is World Parkinson's Day, an annual event created by the European Parkinson's Disease Association to educate people and raise awareness about Parkinson's, promote early diagnosis and encourage better disease-management for sufferers.

There is at present no known cause for this illness. Five million people around the world are currently affected by Parkinson's disease, and approximately 80,000 of those are Australians.

Written by: Edward Brewer
08/04/2013 - 3:32pm

When it comes to successful kidney transplants, Australia is leading the world, according to Donatelife.gov.au.

The Australian government's launch yesterday morning (April 7) of the trial Live Organ Donor Leave program will no doubt aid our country in maintaining this status as a global frontrunner.

05/04/2013 - 12:07pm

An analysis of published evidence in the online journal BMJ Open has found a link between male pattern baldness and an increased risk of coronary heart disease.

This link is only relevant for balding on the top or crown of the head, rather than at the front, the analysis indicated, with a receding hairline not linked to an increased risk.

Researchers looked through Medline and the Cochrane Library databases for research published on coronary heart disease and male pattern baldness - with six meeting eligibility criteria and included in the analysis.

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.