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17/04/2014 - 3:10pm

People categorised as 'obese' may run the risk of deterioration of bone density and muscle mass, which further underscores the need for private health insurance for those with pre-existing health conditions.

Researchers from the Florida State University have named the link between obesity and muscle mass and bone density "osteosarcopenic obesity" in the May 2014 issue of Ageing Research Reviews.

10/04/2014 - 8:01am

All health insurance premiums increase each year on April 1, and some Australians with private health insurance may be confused as to why this needs to happen, or if it's even necessary at all - after all, you want the best deal possible when it comes to health insurance, both in price and cover!

08/04/2014 - 8:12am

Private health insurance holders within Australia are happier with the performance and delivery of their private health insurance funds, with high level complaints significantly decreasing over the past year.

Written by: Jethro Still
03/04/2014 - 8:15am

Minor illnesses such as ear aches and rashes might not seem serious enough for the emergency department, but over 2 million Australian patients visited hospitals in the last financial year with similar conditions.

According to an article published by the Cairns Post, these "less urgent" patients could be costing taxpayers up to $1 billion per year.

It is believed that many of these patients use emergency departments because of GP hours, and were not aware of other options available to them.

31/03/2014 - 7:24pm

The Australian government has confirmed the sale of Medibank Private after an independently prepared scoping study found no compelling reason for the government to hold on to the private health fund.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann made the announcement on March 26 and it was swiftly followed by a favourable statement from Australia's largest health insurance provider, Medibank.

20/03/2014 - 8:05am

Businesses in Queensland have admitted they are not taking out the required insurance because they cannot afford to get cover, according to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ).

CCIQ General Manager Nick Behrens explained the organisation's latest Pulse Survey has revealed growing insurance premiums are the third-biggest burden on Queensland businesses.

"Rising insurance premiums are affecting all Queensland businesses," he said in a March 17 media release.

19/03/2014 - 12:17pm

With April just around the corner, now is the last chance to take out an Australian health insurance product at the pre-premium increase price.

Most of us would prefer to avoid the price hike altogether, but unfortunately the average 6.2 per cent increase is expected to affect all private health insurance policyholders across Australia.

07/03/2014 - 1:30pm

When you're considering taking out a private hospital insurance policy to cover your future medical needs, you need to be aware of the restrictions and waiting periods that can affect your ability to make a claim.

In particular, if you are planning to use your health insurance to cover treatment for an illness or injury sustained before taking out the cover, you will have to comply with the 'pre-existing condition' waiting period.

28/02/2014 - 2:20pm

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 - 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.

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