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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.

03/04/2014 - 8:13am

Plenty of Australians may believe health insurance is something that can wait until they have reached their golden years. However, new research from the University of Adelaide shows the younger generation of Australians have higher levels of certain health conditions than older generations at the same age.

31/03/2014 - 7:24pm

The Australian government has confirmed the sale of Medibank Private after an independently prepared scoping study found no compelling reason for the government to hold on to the private health fund.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann made the announcement on March 26 and it was swiftly followed by a favourable statement from Australia's largest health insurance provider, Medibank.

26/03/2014 - 8:18pm

With the date of the 6.2 per cent health insurance premium increase fast approaching, many people have become fixated on how much it costs to take out private health insurance in Australia.

25/03/2014 - 7:16pm

Ten new medicines will be available through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from April 1 this year, according to Minister for Health Peter Dutton.

Designed to treat a range of illnesses, from diabetes to skin conditions, the addition of the new medications to the PBS should benefit many Australian families.

In particular, tocilzumab (sold as Actemera), used to treat arthritis in children, has been added to the PBS at a considerably lower cost, making this important treatment more accessible to affected families across Australia.

19/03/2014 - 8:54pm

Retirement is a big step for anyone. Deciding when to leave your job and enjoy your golden years can be one of the largest life-changing decisions you ever make.

However, sometimes this decision is made for us when, due to illness or injury, we are no longer able to participate in the workforce.

Whatever your reasons for retiring, it is important to consider how your health insurance needs may change.

19/03/2014 - 12:18pm

Eight leading organisations in the Australian health industry have come together to express their support for improving dental health for children and those stuck in the public health system.

In a March 7 media release from the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), institutions such as the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA), Australian Health Care Reform Alliance (AHCRA) and Public Health Association Australia (PHAA) added their weight behind a call to continue crucial dental health funding Down Under.

19/03/2014 - 12:17pm

With April just around the corner, now is the last chance to take out an Australian health insurance product at the pre-premium increase price.

Most of us would prefer to avoid the price hike altogether, but unfortunately the average 6.2 per cent increase is expected to affect all private health insurance policyholders across Australia.

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