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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.

23/10/2014 - 2:23pm

Are you happy with your insurance cover and cost? The answer may be yes - but that may not prevent you from looking elsewhere for a better deal.

That is the finding of a research study by Accenture this month, which discovered that even if a person or business is happy with an insurance claim, it does not necessarily stop them jumping ship to another insurance provider.

Accenture rounded up almost 8,000 insurance customers in 14 different countries and questioned them about their insurer loyalty.

20/10/2014 - 3:24pm

The sale of Medibank Private will see the biggest health insurance provider in Australia floated on the Australian stock market as early as November.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann announced on October 20 that the privatisation of Medibank will see the government-owned insurance company enter the top 100 companies on the ASX.

16/10/2014 - 3:29pm

The government has increased its rhetoric that a $7 GP co-payment charge will benefit the funding of medical services and support the medical and research community.

This month, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has called for a united front in passing a rule change that he said is conditional on reaching the $20 billion target for the Medical Research Future Fund.

10/10/2014 - 12:26pm

Every person with diabetes is at risk of losing their eyesight. And yet, as few as one in five (20 per cent) Indigenous Australians suffering from diabetes will get their eyes regularly tested, in addition to only 50 per cent of non-Indigenous citizens. What's more, the low figures haven't changed over a decade. These are the recent findings of the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA), which show a need for increased support to improve eye care.

08/10/2014 - 2:44pm

In 1928, when Alexander Fleming discovered the bacteria penicillin growing in an old, discarded Petri dish, the medical world was turned on its head. It was some 11 years later when South Australian Howard Florey lead a team of British scientists to begin manufacturing the drug that would go on to save the lives of millions. 

04/09/2014 - 8:29am

Did you know you have the right to change your mind in regard to your Australian health insurance? You can choose to leave or make changes to a health insurance plan at any time. However, most consumers know that changing plans can involve paying hundreds of dollars in contributions for a service that might not have been meeting their needs.

What is a cooling off period?

11/08/2014 - 1:54pm

Australians comparing private health cover should make sure they research their options in depth to clear up any confusion surrounding plastic surgery procedures. The issue has recently come into the public awareness, as some health insurance customers have experienced issues when claiming for plastic surgery cover. For example, Candi Browne, a breast cancer survivor, recently faced some delays in securing payment for a reconstructive surgery.

06/08/2014 - 11:35am

Couples struggling with reproductive health issues may stand to benefit financially from private health insurance. Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) services, including in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI), and Gamete Intra Fallopian Transfer (GIFT), can help families struggling with infertility achieve a successful pregnancy.

If you are considering ART for your family, you should compare health insurance packages to determine the best match for your individual needs.

Infertility

25/07/2014 - 12:10pm

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) recently released a report, Australia's Medical Indemnity Claims 2012-2013, which details the number of medical indemnity claims made, both public and private. The AIHW classifies these claims as those that "arise from allegations of problems in the provision of health services".

This information could play a role in the health insurance choices consumers make moving forward, especially those looking into obtaining private health insurance coverage.

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