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11/08/2014 - 2:54pm

Australians comparing private health cover should make sure they research their options in depth to clear up any confusion surrounding plastic surgery procedures. The issue has recently come into the public awareness, as some health insurance customers have experienced issues when claiming for plastic surgery cover. For example, Candi Browne, a breast cancer survivor, recently faced some delays in securing payment for a reconstructive surgery.

06/08/2014 - 12:35pm

Couples struggling with reproductive health issues may stand to benefit financially from private health insurance. Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) services, including in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI), and Gamete Intra Fallopian Transfer (GIFT), can help families struggling with infertility achieve a successful pregnancy.

If you are considering ART for your family, you should compare health insurance packages to determine the best match for your individual needs.


05/08/2014 - 5:36pm

Although working for a start-up company can have many perks - close interaction with supervisors, an abundance of fresh ideas and enthusiastic coworkers are just a few general examples - salary and benefits are known not to be among them. When working for a company that's just getting off the ground, many employees find they have to sacrifice a higher salary and business health insurance options. The tradeoff is sometimes taken in stride by fresh-faced employees (especially millennials), but it isn't a good long-term strategy for employee retention.

29/07/2014 - 5:10pm

Public health benefits often lack the additional coverage Australians need to remain healthy and pain-free. Private health insurance, on the other hand, can offer cover for dental, optical and chiropractic treatments so many Australians find essential.

28/07/2014 - 5:21pm

Family health insurance can provide coverage to protect your family's needs, however there are some areas that are not always black and white.

If you have children or dependants listed on your family policy, you should be aware at what age they are no longer classified as children. It is also important to understand the conditions outlined for a dependant. Furthermore, newborn babies and private health insurance to cover you during pregnancy can come with certain conditions.

25/07/2014 - 1:10pm

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) recently released a report, Australia's Medical Indemnity Claims 2012-2013, which details the number of medical indemnity claims made, both public and private. The AIHW classifies these claims as those that "arise from allegations of problems in the provision of health services".

This information could play a role in the health insurance choices consumers make moving forward, especially those looking into obtaining private health insurance coverage.

23/07/2014 - 12:20pm

Australia is a migrant country and in the 2011 census there were 252 overseas places of birth registered. There are 190,000 places available on Australia's Migration Programme over the 2014-15 period. Of these it is expected that 68 per cent will be skill stream visas and 32 per cent will be family stream visas. The skill-based visas will be made up of four types of visas: employer sponsored, skilled independent, business and state, territory and regional nominated.

22/07/2014 - 9:37am

Benefits like business health insurance can contribute to higher levels of job satisfaction and help Australians cope with the impacts diseases, especially increasingly prevalent chronic conditions, have on their lives.

18/07/2014 - 10:43am

This week is National Diabetes Awareness Week and Diabetes Australia is encouraging people to assess whether they may be at risk of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a serious health condition that affects 285 million people. By 2030, it is expected to affect 438 million people around the world.

17/07/2014 - 9:29am

The National Stroke Foundation released a new report on July 14 2014 mapping out the localities of strokes in Australia.

The Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash explained that the report, Stroke in Australia: No postcode left untouched, identifies areas where the number of stroke victims is significant and where the disease is likely to be an issue.