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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.

09/07/2015 - 5:46pm

Australia is a land of opportunity for people looking at moving to the country for work. Not only is the land down under largely welcoming of immigration, but a study by Roy Morgan Research showed that real unemployment in June was down for the fourth consecutive month across the country.

22/06/2015 - 12:54pm

When you last visited a health care professional, what did you think of the waiting time? A new piece of research from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) found that many Australians considered the time they spent before seeing a doctor, nurse or GP too long.

05/06/2015 - 4:10pm

Many Australians are looking to expand their families with either their first child or by adding another to the flock.

Such family planning has even increased in the past decade or so, as Australia's population boom continues.

According to the most recent report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 307,000 Australian mothers gave birth to more than 312,000 babies in 2012 - a 3.4 per cent increase from 2011 and an impressive 21.5 per cent rise since 2003.

In fact, the birth rate is at its highest level in a decade.

01/05/2015 - 11:19am

When starting your health insurance policy, it's important to be in the know. While some people find the concept a little confusing, a quick talk with their insurance broker should be enough to clear up any issues or concerns people may typically have.

After all, the health industry is a rather complex one, and certain terms can create confusion - and many sound rather ominous in themselves. One that may fall into both of these categories is the medical gap.

07/04/2015 - 5:48pm

At the start of this month, the Australian government pushed ahead with the annual rise in premiums for health insurance policyholders.

Announced in March, health insurance premiums have risen by an average of 6.18 per cent. However, this has varied depending on the health fund and product in question. The actual premium rise for an individual has been anywhere between 3.98 and 6.99 per cent.

07/04/2015 - 2:22pm

In a country of more than 23 million, around half of the Australian population have private health insurance. But why, you may ask.

All Australian residents have access to free public health services through Medicare, after all, so what causes such a large portion of Australians to turn to the private system, which is accessible through a health fund?

Here, we take a look at some of the reasons:

For added choice and control

30/03/2015 - 2:39pm

Many public hospitals are finding themselves pushed for time and resources, which is leaving them struggling to meet the high standards demanded of the medical industry.

The first victim in such a case is often the waiting times. Medical professionals are, of course, not going to reduce their quality of care; but with a growing and ageing population, it is leaving the queue to see a doctor, nurse or surgeon rather long.

16/03/2015 - 3:51pm

There can be many reasons why you want to start using private healthcare. To have more choice over your hospital treatment, or to avoid larger premiums once you cross the 30-year-old lifetime health cover threshold, for instance.

04/03/2015 - 11:26am

Tom Petty once sang: "the waiting is the hardest part". While the American musician may have been opining on romance, he could quite easily have been discussing the issue of waiting periods when beginning a health insurance policy.

Global health insurer BUPA explained that there is often confusion around the issue among policyholders.

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