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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.

13/02/2014 - 2:58pm

Australia's population is ageing and, as it does, the rates of arthritis, osteoarthritis and other joint issues are also escalating, according to Private Healthcare Australia.

Unfortunately, with a rise in these conditions, so too comes an increased demand for hip and knee replacements across the country.

13/02/2014 - 8:33am

Australian workers have realised the benefits of exercise and healthy eating in the workplace and have started to demand business health plans, according to the Human Resources Director (HRD) publication.

In a February 5 article, HRD revealed the results of a survey conducted by the Australian Fitness and Health Expo last year. The study found 93 per cent of respondents agreed exercise could help them feel happier and more productive.

13/02/2014 - 7:16am

Many Australians fall into the trap of believing once they have taken out a suitable health insurance policy, they have fulfilled their long-term healthcare requirements.

13/02/2014 - 7:15am

Approximately one third of Australians are lacking some knowledge about the use of private health insurance and more than a quarter are completely unaware of the Medicare rebate, according to a recent survey commissioned by comparison organisation Comparethemarket.

11/02/2014 - 6:42am

If you have considered purchasing health insurance online, you are not alone.

More Australians are using the Internet to buy private health insurance, although the telephone is still the most popular method of purchase, according to Roy Morgan Research.

11/02/2014 - 6:42am

More Australians living with mental illness are seeking treatment for the conditions, according to a recent study released by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) on February 6.

Mental health issues will affect almost one in five Australians during their lifetimes and are the leading cause of disease and disability in Australia.

Despite this, evidence collected in 2007 revealed only one-third of individuals living with a mental illness accessed treatment for their condition, which resulted in high rates of economic and personal suffering.

06/02/2014 - 10:23pm

Experts from the University of Wollongong recently investigated emergency department wait times across jurisdictions in Australia as a part of a new report.

The study explored emergency department waiting periods by analysing patient presentations in public hospitals between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010.

Using the raw data collected from a number of hospitals, researchers found the shortest wait time was in NSW (an average of 38.5 minutes) while patients in the ACT wait the longest (an average of 65.7 minutes).