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Health Funds and Industry News

06/03/2017 - 9:26am

When it comes to choosing a health insurance provider, you want be assured that you'll have access to quality healthcare, without any smoke and mirrors. However, according to legal watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), some Australians aren't getting the service they deserve. 

Here's an overview of what the ACCC is looking to target this year, and what you should consider when choosing your health insurance

19/01/2017 - 11:13am

Greg Hunt has taken on the role of Health Minister from the outbound Sussan Ley after she resigned last week amid an expenses scandal relating to her recent property purchase. Mr Hunt is Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's fourth appointee to the role of Health Minister since he took office in September 2015.

17/01/2017 - 10:59am

Australia's two largest hospital operators want to remove the private health insurance sector, and allow  consumers to establish medical savings accounts, according to an Australian Financial Review article from October 2016. The medical savings accounts would empower people to deal directly with private hospitals, and Ramsay Health Care and Healthscope are leading the charge for the initiative.

13/01/2017 - 9:20am

Have you recently looked at your private health plan and been disappointed? More than 5 million people reviewed their private health cover in the last 12 months, as stated in a Guardian Australia article from November 2016. As premiums rise but cover remains the same, people become less satisfied that they're getting what they're paying for. The next time your employees review their private health cover, a corporate health insurance could prove very useful.

08/11/2016 - 9:30am

On October 19, the Federal Government released a statement about the incorrect pricing of medical devices to private Australian patients. This correction is being touted as a major step toward a sustainable private health insurance industry, according to an October 19 media release from Private Healthcare Australia (PHA).

28/09/2016 - 11:40am

Australian start-up Curo Technologies has received $1 million from the Hospitals Contribution Fund (HCF) to promote the use of advanced health monitoring systems in the homes of elderly Australians. Could it be the start of a new direction for your health insurance?

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.

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