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06/03/2014 - 9:09am

If you've been thinking about expanding your family and believe you will require private health cover for pregnancy and birth-related services, you will need to take out a policy long before you fall pregnant.

03/03/2014 - 9:58pm

Australians living with glaucoma, diabetes and advanced soft tissue sarcoma will now benefit from the addition of medications used to treat these conditions to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

These important medicines will now be eligible for PBS subsidies to help make them more affordable for the individuals who need them, Minister for Health Peter Dutton explained in a February 27 media release.

28/02/2014 - 3:20pm

There is a wealth of health insurance providers in Australia, with each insurer offering a unique range of policies and benefits. Choosing which fund and policy to choose can be a complex and difficult decision.

26/02/2014 - 9:31pm

Providing a corporate health plan within your business could provide many benefits for you, your company and your employees, according to the American Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

An investment in employee health initiatives can help lower healthcare costs and insurance premiums while also encouraging individuals to save money by improving their wellbeing and lifestyle choices.

26/02/2014 - 8:25pm

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.

13/02/2014 - 8:16am

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.

11/02/2014 - 7:42am

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 - 11:23pm

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 - 11:19pm

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 - 3:15pm

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.

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