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Health Funds and Industry News

02/02/2016 - 10:30am

Those who have been following Medibank Private's early steps on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) will have noticed a few ups and downs. Since Australia's largest health insurer gave up its public status for stock-market flotation in November 2014, the market has proved highly changeable for shareholders - many of whom are Medibank customers.

27/01/2016 - 10:06am

On Monday January 11, iSelect Limited (ASX: ISU) issued an earnings downgrade that rocked its share price. Citing "several strategic and operational issues" during the 2015 financial year, which persisted into the first few weeks of 2016, the health insurance comparison service saw its shares dip to a record-low 63.5c.

12/01/2016 - 4:27pm

When you last compared health insurance cover options, how did you find the process? According to the Consumer Health Forum (CHF) of Australia, it could be a lot easier and much clearer.

The group has proposed a new way of doing so, through its MyCover reform.

15/12/2015 - 8:34am

Christmas famously only comes around once a year - and, unfortunately, so do annual increases to health insurance premiums. As the former approaches, hopefully bringing with it a bit of time off from work, it could be an opportune moment to arrange your health insurance.

19/11/2015 - 3:25pm

The Australian government has long had a focus on ensuring that citizens maintain their health and wellbeing. Naturally, much of this mantra is funnelled to the general population through policies surrounding insurance.

12/11/2015 - 11:46am

Health insurance is top of many Australian's list of things to keep and maintain. After all, there can be no better feeling than knowing health treatment will be subsidised in the event it's needed. In the past, many chose to pursue policies that were encompassing by nature, but came with higher costs from the outset.

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05/11/2015 - 9:28am

The vast majority of people use the new year as a blank slate. Whether it's a different job, change of diet, or even just altering a few lifestyle choices, January 1 can be a great time to start fresh. However, is this the case when it comes to private health insurance?

18/08/2015 - 5:43pm

Health Minister Sussan Ley and the Australian Government have released a discussion paper on possible reforms to primary health care. The aim is to gather information and inform any decision by the federal government to develop Medicare in line with the growing threat of chronic diseases, in the hope of alleviating some of the pressure on hospitals.

07/08/2015 - 4:23pm

With more than one million members across Australia and New Zealand, nib is one of Australia's largest health insurance providers. The fund is also set to become substantially larger, with the acquisition of World Nomads Group (WNG) announced last month. 

The $95-million deal expands nib's travel insurance capabilities, after taking 100 per cent ownership of WNG - Australia's third largest travel insurance provider.

03/08/2015 - 11:52am

The cost of health insurance is generally considered the factor that separates the 50/50 split of Australians with and without policies.

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