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Health Insurance News

17/03/2016 - 9:01am

On April 1, 2016, private health insurance premiums will rise by an average 5.59 per cent. However, that is just the median, meaning many will be above that line and many also below it.

16/03/2016 - 9:05am

Every year on April 1, health funds raise their premiums. They do this to combat their own growing costs that occur thanks to inflation, an increased healthcare burden and the costs of new, modern medical equipment.

In March, the 2016 figure was released. Health insurance premiums will rise by an average 5.59 per cent on April 1, 2016.

15/03/2016 - 3:48pm

Australia's private health insurance is a beast with many arms, and they're all flailing in different directions. Focus on your Medicare levy surcharge for too long, and you might get blindsided by lifetime health cover; try and get your head around which health fund to go with, and you might miss important deadlines and end up paying more.

15/03/2016 - 1:55pm

Australians have had their say and many people are concerned over the future of healthcare, with the issue becoming their number-one priority. What's more, they're ready to spend their vote to ensure healthcare stays top of our policymakers' minds.

15/03/2016 - 1:51pm

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an issue that is putting a huge burden on the health system. The organs are specialists at keeping the bloodstream clean of toxins, and also produce various hormones that we need each and every day.

And yet kidney damage and reduced kidney function - two health issues that categorise CKD - are becoming more prevalent in Australia, and more expensive to treat.

08/03/2016 - 9:03am

As April 1 approaches, health insurance policyholders will be preparing for increases to their premiums. Health funds put up their rates annually, and for the past few years, this magic number has been 6 per cent.

03/03/2016 - 11:50am

If you're a business owner looking at the rising cost of corporate health insurance and sighing at how it will affect your budget, you're not alone. As of April 1, 2016, health insurance premiums will rise as each insurance provider ups their costs.

26/02/2016 - 9:48am

Australia's health funds have come out in warning against any changes to the private health insurance rebate in the May budget. Medibank Private's Managing Director, George Savvides, said that altering or axing the rebate altogether would be "counterproductive from an economic point of view", and lead to policyholders paying more for the same benefits.

24/02/2016 - 10:27am

It was earlier in February when Sports Minister Sussan Ley told the world how big the disparity is between our male and female sports stars. Ms Ley said there is "no defensible reason" why different genders of sports people should be given different standards of travel and accommodation, with female sports teams often missing out.

22/02/2016 - 11:28am

Private health insurance helps millions of Australians find a better, more personalised level of medical care. For instance, as a private health insurance member, you have a choice of the medical facility from which you receive non-emergency treatment, you get to pick your physician and there are a range of extras to help you keep fighting fit, such as dental and eye care.