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Health Funds and Industry News

30/10/2014 - 2:03pm

The privatisation of Australia's largest insurance provider begins on October 28, as shares in the company go on sale.

The sale of Medibank is designed to make the health insurance market more competitive, as the government steps back from being a provider of cover to the general population.

23/10/2014 - 3:11pm

Telstra has its fingers in many pies. This week, the telecommunication company announced that it will ramp up its activity in Australia's medical industry and enter the competitive healthcare sector.

The Australian incumbent announced a new service designed to connect patients in remote locations with GPs, as well as developing new local and global partnerships with healthcare providers.

18/08/2014 - 11:17am

According to the Australian Government, one in five Australians will experience a mental illness at some point in their life. Mental illnesses, also characterised as mental disorders, have profound impacts on individuals and their families.

The Australian Government states a mental illness is any health issue that impacts how a person feels, behaves, thinks and interacts over a long period of time. There are a variety of mental disorders, but some of the most common among Australians are schizophrenia, personality disorders, bipolar and mood disorders, and eating disorders.

11/08/2014 - 1:54pm

The Australian government announced it is taking applications from private companies hoping to process Medicare and pharmaceutical benefits claims. The decision to privatise medical payment processing is indicative of the government's recent trend toward fiscal efficiency, more privatised services and, in the end, savings for taxpayers.

28/07/2014 - 4:21pm

Family health insurance can provide coverage to protect your family's needs, however there are some areas that are not always black and white.

If you have children or dependants listed on your family policy, you should be aware at what age they are no longer classified as children. It is also important to understand the conditions outlined for a dependant. Furthermore, newborn babies and private health insurance to cover you during pregnancy can come with certain conditions.

16/07/2014 - 11:43pm

Medical tourism is a growing market in Australia and it is important you understand the limitations of your health insurance and travel insurance coverage.

08/07/2014 - 4:23pm

If you are considering dental and oral surgery, you should request an estimate from your general dentist or oral surgery specialist to see what health fund benefits you are eligible for and what you will have to pay out of pocket.

15/05/2014 - 3:42pm

Good health is essential for enjoying life to the fullest and making the most of every opportunity, yet it's the one thing that many Australians also take for granted. Given all the information we have about how to support better health, there are so many ways you can start putting your wellbeing first.

02/05/2014 - 4:31pm

Medical research in Australia will receive a boost with news of a $11.4 million grant in Federal Government funding to be presented to Australian researchers.

The researchers who will receive the funding have formed partnerships with Australian community hospitals, state governments and patient representative bodies, and will aim to back research for various health issues affecting Australians.

01/05/2014 - 3:11pm

You might think your cat or dog's health problems are limited to fleas or the occasional upset tummy, but plenty more serious conditions can affect your beloved pet - and the prevalence of some issues is increasing.

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