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22/01/2016 - 9:24am

If 2015 was a movie, it would have had more plot twists than The Sixth Sense and The Usual Suspects combined. Last year we saw Australia's biggest insurer, Medibank, begin trading on the stock exchange, the failure of a $7 GP payment plan, and a rise in health insurance premiums.

15/12/2015 - 11:00am

If you're considering private health insurance, you'll likely be weighing up the risk vs reward. Is the cost of health insurance worth the coverage?

In your quest to understand and weigh up the range of health-related risks that may lie in your or your family's future, medical experts are hoping to raise awareness of one that lies a little under the surface - musculoskeletal conditions.

24/11/2015 - 1:44pm

The Australian government is consistently assessing whether the private health insurance industry is fit for purpose. After all, while the general perception may be that the power is with the health funds, it's the applicable industry bodies and decision makers that have to approve any vast changes - particularly those based around pricing.

19/11/2015 - 3:25pm

The Australian government has long had a focus on ensuring that citizens maintain their health and wellbeing. Naturally, much of this mantra is funnelled to the general population through policies surrounding insurance.

12/11/2015 - 11:46am

Health insurance is top of many Australian's list of things to keep and maintain. After all, there can be no better feeling than knowing health treatment will be subsidised in the event it's needed. In the past, many chose to pursue policies that were encompassing by nature, but came with higher costs from the outset.

Unlocking value for money

30/10/2015 - 9:54am

Maintaining general good health and wellbeing is a priority for many Australians, so private health insurance can be a no-brainer. However, finding the right policy is often complex, and it can be all too easy to switch off to the nuances and end up with an agreement that isn't a precise fit.

20/10/2015 - 9:38am

Health and wellbeing is a central pillar in the lives of many Australians. However, it's not something that will necessarily look after itself in the long term. Even the fittest, most active and dietary-aware people can occasionally be afflicted by illness that requires thorough and effective treatment.

08/09/2015 - 4:09pm

There is a misunderstanding among some health insurance policyholders that public-hospital-only cover will allow them to bypass the often long waiting lists seen in most facilities.

20/08/2015 - 6:07pm

Every three months, the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman (PHIO) releases its quarterly report, shining some light on Australia's health insurance market.

20/07/2015 - 11:14am

Australians have a close relationship with cosmetic surgery. According to Sculpt, a plastic surgery based in Perth, Aussies spend around 40 per cent more than the United States on plastic surgery per 10,000 people.

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