Skip to Content

Health Insurance News

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).

05/02/2014 - 10:19pm

Cancer has now overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death in Australia and globally, according to recent figures from the World Health Organisation.

Released on February 3, the 'World Cancer Report 2014' found the worldwide burden of cancer has increased to approximately 14 million new cases each year. This figure is expected to grow to 22 million within the next two decades.

In the same period, cancer deaths are forecast to increase from 8.2 million to 13 million each year.

04/02/2014 - 2:15pm

Poor diet has a more significant impact on health and wellbeing in Australia than smoking, according to a recent report from scientists at the University of Sydney and George Institute.

Researchers studying the effectiveness of the Australian Government's Food and Health Dialogue found the poor food environment in Australia encouraged unhealthy dietary habits between October 2009 and September 2013.

02/02/2014 - 10:07pm

When you're active and employed it can be easy to take your health for granted. But have you considered how you would cope if an accident affected your ability to work?

If you sustain an injury due to an accident while performing the duties of your job, you will typically be covered by your employer's workers' compensation insurance.

However, if an injury is sustained outside of your normal work duties or hours, you may find yourself out of pocket and struggling under rising debts.