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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.

30/04/2014 - 5:40pm

Many people feel guilty if they reach for a second or third cup of coffee to get them through that mid-morning slump, but new research suggests that topping up your mug could actually be doing your health a favour.

The study was led by researchers Dr Frank Hu and Dr Shilpa Bhupathiraju from Harvard University's Department of Nutrition in the Harvard School of Public Health, and examined the relationship between coffee consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes over a four year period.

22/04/2014 - 7:53pm

While you may consider private hospital cover a useful buffer 'just in case' you ever experience any health ailments, those with pre-existing conditions can also benefit from a health insurance plan, too.

However, the process of obtaining hospital cover - and gaining those benefits - may be a little more complicated than for those who have no existing health issues. However, don't let this put you off making the effort to get health insurance - it could definitely pay off in the long run!

17/04/2014 - 3:10pm

People categorised as 'obese' may run the risk of deterioration of bone density and muscle mass, which further underscores the need for private health insurance for those with pre-existing health conditions.

Researchers from the Florida State University have named the link between obesity and muscle mass and bone density "osteosarcopenic obesity" in the May 2014 issue of Ageing Research Reviews.

14/04/2014 - 7:53pm

When it comes to maintaining one's health, many Australians have a different opinion as to what's best to nurture a healthy body. Whether your approach is to eat super foods with every meal, you rely on a brisk walk every evening, or practice plain old traditional medicine, what works varies according to who you're talking to.

08/04/2014 - 8:12am

Private health insurance holders within Australia are happier with the performance and delivery of their private health insurance funds, with high level complaints significantly decreasing over the past year.

Written by: Jethro Still
03/04/2014 - 8:15am

Minor illnesses such as ear aches and rashes might not seem serious enough for the emergency department, but over 2 million Australian patients visited hospitals in the last financial year with similar conditions.

According to an article published by the Cairns Post, these "less urgent" patients could be costing taxpayers up to $1 billion per year.

It is believed that many of these patients use emergency departments because of GP hours, and were not aware of other options available to them.

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