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Private Health System News

25/05/2017 - 11:31am

Those with private health insurance are being bumped up elective surgery lists in public hospitals, ahead of publicly funded patients, a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows.

The report also details a number of trends that suggest having a private health insurance policy means better, quicker healthcare - even in public facilities. What does this mean for the average Australian? 

24/05/2017 - 2:19pm

Healthcare affordability should be near the top of any government's priorities. Yet for so long federal budgets haven't focused enough on health insurance and other essentials that bring the cost of care down for everyday Australians. 

28/02/2017 - 9:14am

You might have a suitable health insurance policy, but are you going to be able to pay the increased premium rates come April 1? Depending on your insurer, your premiums will rise by different amounts, but there is a way to avoid having to pay increased rates.

28/02/2017 - 8:52am

Have you recently looked at the industry weighted premium increases due to commence on April 1 and thought "my health insurance is costing far more than I can afford"? When comparing your health insurance to another, you need to be careful about the conclusions you make.

17/01/2017 - 10:59am

Australia's two largest hospital operators want to remove the private health insurance sector, and allow  consumers to establish medical savings accounts, according to an Australian Financial Review article from October 2016. The medical savings accounts would empower people to deal directly with private hospitals, and Ramsay Health Care and Healthscope are leading the charge for the initiative.

06/12/2016 - 2:56pm

Have you ever had a negative experience with a private health insurer? Based on the number of complaints that the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman received in 2014-15 (4,265), you may well have been angered because of something that your insurer did. If you're looking to change insurer, comparing the most appropriate plans for you could be a challenge without the help of the specialist brokers at HICA.

06/12/2016 - 11:31am

Have you recently had to change the level of cover in your private health insurance plan, simply because the premiums were becoming too expensive? You're not alone. As premiums are rising, and people are trying to avoid government surcharges for not having appropriate health cover, they're reducing their plans to almost useless levels, according to an article in The Guardian on November 18.

29/11/2016 - 8:15am

Have you ever tried to compare all of the possible private health insurance plans on the market? It's virtually impossible. Even if you do find a plan that you think could work for you, you're never sure that it's the absolute best one out there.

08/11/2016 - 9:30am

On October 19, the Federal Government released a statement about the incorrect pricing of medical devices to private Australian patients. This correction is being touted as a major step toward a sustainable private health insurance industry, according to an October 19 media release from Private Healthcare Australia (PHA).

28/09/2016 - 11:40am

Australian start-up Curo Technologies has received $1 million from the Hospitals Contribution Fund (HCF) to promote the use of advanced health monitoring systems in the homes of elderly Australians. Could it be the start of a new direction for your health insurance?

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