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Health Funds and Industry News

19/09/2016 - 1:53pm

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released a new report on the communal health of Australia as a whole. Let's take a look at some of the most significant findings, and how it might affect your private health insurance needs.

14/09/2016 - 10:16am

Better value for money in private health insurance was a major federal election issue, and it appears that the current government is continuing to make it a priority. A new committee has been formed in order to provide informed, expert advice on the implementation and efficacy of a number of planned health reforms.

12/09/2016 - 9:56am

The new Prostheses List Advisory Committee (PLAC) has now been announced on 8 September, formed with the intent to help Australians gain better value for money from their private health insurance. 

This new committee, formed as part of the Coalition government's broader private health reform agenda, has been lauded by Minister for Health Sussan Ley as a necessary first step towards improving accessibility and value for patients.

08/09/2016 - 2:43pm

After extensive research, the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce (MBS) has released their interim report into the future of Medicare in Australia.

Of particular interest for the average Australian is the priority placed upon adjusting low-value items on the schedule; administrative GP visits among them.

25/08/2016 - 10:17am

Corporate health insurance is a major consideration for many employees that affects whether or not they work for a particular company, as well as whether they stay at that position. The right health plan can help you keep hold of key talent, as well as attracting more of the same calibre of worker. 

Here's why and how.

What makes corporate health insurance attractive?

18/08/2016 - 11:35am

Planning to have a baby? Make sure your private health cover is up to scratch at least 12 months in advance of the the expected delivery date.

Raising a child is often considered a matter of planning more than anything else. Where are they going to sleep, when are you going to take time off work, are you in the right financial place to be able to support them adequately - these are only a few of the questions that many potential parents are going to be asking themselves.

18/08/2016 - 11:32am

Plastic surgery is not, contrary to popular belief, solely about cosmetic surgery. Tummy tucks, face lifts, nose jobs - these are certainly covered under the umbrella of plastic surgery, but surgeries that correct congenital abnormalities, burns, or traumatic injuries are also considered a part of plastic or reconstructive surgery. This could be to retain or create a more regular appearance for the person involved, but is also often performed in order to improve function as well.

17/08/2016 - 11:31am

Private health insurance is as much an emotional product as it is a medical or financial one. It could be the difference between a permanent injury and a temporary one, the policy that separates an easy fix from a long slog to recovery, and may very well be one of the most important pieces of paper you ever sign.

27/06/2016 - 11:02am

The Federal Budget for 2016/2017 has been wrapped up already, but the forthcoming federal election promises to put a stone in the shoe of those who think more changes aren't coming. Elections are full of different promises and policies, and if you are concerned for the future costs and efficiency of your health insurance, it's worth while to take a look at what the result could mean for your finances and health. 

23/06/2016 - 1:55pm

The Federal Budget is one of the most significant dates of not only the political calendar, but the financial one too. Every industry waits with bated breath to see if this is the year they see that much-needed funding boost, or if cuts will put a further strain on resources.

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