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07/03/2014 - 1:30pm

When you're considering taking out a private hospital insurance policy to cover your future medical needs, you need to be aware of the restrictions and waiting periods that can affect your ability to make a claim.

In particular, if you are planning to use your health insurance to cover treatment for an illness or injury sustained before taking out the cover, you will have to comply with the 'pre-existing condition' waiting period.

06/03/2014 - 8:59am

The rate of tooth decay among Australian children is increasing, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

In the Dental and Oral Health report, released on February 26, AIHW revealed two out of three Aussie 12 year olds have tooth decay in their permanent teeth.

A number of dental experts have attributed this rise to an increase in the amount of sweetened drinks and food Australians are consuming.

06/03/2014 - 8:09am

If you've been thinking about expanding your family and believe you will require private health cover for pregnancy and birth-related services, you will need to take out a policy long before you fall pregnant.

03/03/2014 - 8:58pm

Australians living with glaucoma, diabetes and advanced soft tissue sarcoma will now benefit from the addition of medications used to treat these conditions to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

These important medicines will now be eligible for PBS subsidies to help make them more affordable for the individuals who need them, Minister for Health Peter Dutton explained in a February 27 media release.

Written by: Jethro Still
03/03/2014 - 8:32pm

Employers who have multiple international workers on their staff may benefit from recently announced changes to 457 visa nominations.

From February 14 this year, the government removed the ceiling on nominations for 457 visas. This means employers are no longer bound by the number of nominations they initially requested on their Standard Business Sponsorship (SBS) applications.

This is great news for employers whose businesses have expanded and need to take on additional staff but have reached their nomination limit.

28/02/2014 - 2:20pm

There is a wealth of health insurance providers in Australia, with each insurer offering a unique range of policies and benefits. Choosing which fund and policy to choose can be a complex and difficult decision.

26/02/2014 - 8:31pm

Providing a corporate health plan within your business could provide many benefits for you, your company and your employees, according to the American Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

An investment in employee health initiatives can help lower healthcare costs and insurance premiums while also encouraging individuals to save money by improving their wellbeing and lifestyle choices.

26/02/2014 - 8:30pm

As Medicare faces an uncertain future and many people turn to private health insurance to cover any forthcoming gaps in cover, Australia's public and private health systems have come under the spotlight.

Medicare

26/02/2014 - 7:25pm

If you're living internationally but planning to visit and work in Australia this year, it is important you understand your visa requirements, including your health insurance needs.

Certain visas - such as the 485 temporary graduate visa and the 457 temporary work visa - require adequate Australian health insurance to be held during the entire duration of an individual's stay in Australia.

25/02/2014 - 10:05am

Regional areas in Queensland and Western Australia are expected to benefit from an influx of Australian-trained international medical graduates due to a new Commonwealth Medical Internship Scheme.

Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton announced the scheme on February 20, explaining how the federal government will provide $40 million over the next four years to encourage Australian-trained international graduates to complete their internships in private hospitals and in regional areas.