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30/09/2014 - 9:33am

Australians pride themselves on having one of the best health care systems in the world. The country's public health care system is available to all residents, with private insurance options providing increased choice and attractive outcomes for those who choose to participate. Across the country, people depend on both public and private hospitals in the event of an emergency.

22/09/2014 - 9:54am

Because private health insurance provides consumers with more choices and reduces overall government spending, the Australian Government incentivises participation in the private system.

One way of doing this is by charging certain individuals a Medicare Levy Surcharge if they opt not to buy into the system. Another way of encouraging early participation is to charge people over the age of 30 a Lifetime Health Cover (LHC) loading.

What is LHC?

19/09/2014 - 9:43am

There are many ways to approach health care, but most experts agree that within developed countries, there should be minimal variation when it comes to tests and treatments. A report by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care titled 'Exploring Healthcare Variation in Australia' recently found that there is significant variation across the country when it comes to treating patients. The key factor in all this variation? Geography.

Study finds variation in Australian care

17/09/2014 - 10:41am

This year, 5-11 October will mark the observation of Mental Health Week in Australia. With World Mental Health Day taking place on the 10th, the week is a good opportunity to reflect on mental health issues that continue to impact millions of people worldwide.

Mental illness in Australia

12/09/2014 - 9:54am

Australians enjoy a high-quality, comprehensive public health care system. However, quality comes at a price, and the Australian government incentivises participation in private health insurance programmes to reduce the country's health care costs.

Residents are required to pay a Medicare levy to fund the public system to which they have access. If you're unsure of the specifics of exactly what you're funding and who your contributions are covering, read on.

05/09/2014 - 9:50am

Advocates of chiropractic believe this treatment can be effective for many maladies. Chiropractic is one of the few branches of holistic treatments that appear to be legitimate in their ability to treat a variety of illnesses. The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) is in official relations with the WHO, which speaks to the treatment's standing in the health community.

But what exactly is chiropractic? What can it treat? And, perhaps most importantly, is it covered by Australian health insurance?

04/09/2014 - 9:29am

Did you know you have the right to change your mind in regard to your Australian health insurance? You can choose to leave or make changes to a health insurance plan at any time. However, most consumers know that changing plans can involve paying hundreds of dollars in contributions for a service that might not have been meeting their needs.

What is a cooling off period?

29/08/2014 - 9:27am

Australia, along with many other developed countries, has experienced a dramatic increase in births by Cesarean section. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, about 32 per cent of all Australian births were given by C-section at the end of 2013. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends no more than 5-10 per cent of all births be given via C-section. This means that birth in Australia exceeds the WHO's recommendation significantly.

When are C-sections necessary?

18/08/2014 - 12:17pm

According to the Australian Government, one in five Australians will experience a mental illness at some point in their life. Mental illnesses, also characterised as mental disorders, have profound impacts on individuals and their families.

The Australian Government states a mental illness is any health issue that impacts how a person feels, behaves, thinks and interacts over a long period of time. There are a variety of mental disorders, but some of the most common among Australians are schizophrenia, personality disorders, bipolar and mood disorders, and eating disorders.

13/08/2014 - 2:36pm

Many Australians have taken an interest in naturopathy in recent years. This ancient system of medicine has become popular as more and more people have opted to turn to more natural remedies for chronic illness. Before deciding whether or not naturopathy is right for you, you should know the details behind this theory of medical care.

What is naturopathy?