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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?

21/09/2016 - 2:43pm

A recent report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) reveals that one in six Australians suffer from chronic back problems. While the drawbacks of frequent, consistent, chronic pain on any part of the body are obvious, the reality is that the negative effects of these issues stretch well beyond just pain: They can affect your ability to work, your mental health and your overall health as well.

19/09/2016 - 1:53pm

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released a new report on the communal health of Australia as a whole. Let's take a look at some of the most significant findings, and how it might affect your private health insurance needs.

19/09/2016 - 9:54am

A recent survey from Jean Hailes has revealed the highest priority concerns that women have for their health, as well as the perspectives of their doctors. How is Australia faring in women's welfare?

A one-of-a-kind survey

The Jean Hailes Women's Health Survey, conducted during the most recent Women's Health Week, was designed to discover what the average Australian woman needs in terms of health information, as well as their behaviour and future requirements from health services. 

14/09/2016 - 10:16am

Better value for money in private health insurance was a major federal election issue, and it appears that the current government is continuing to make it a priority. A new committee has been formed in order to provide informed, expert advice on the implementation and efficacy of a number of planned health reforms.

12/09/2016 - 9:56am

The new Prostheses List Advisory Committee (PLAC) has now been announced on 8 September, formed with the intent to help Australians gain better value for money from their private health insurance. 

This new committee, formed as part of the Coalition government's broader private health reform agenda, has been lauded by Minister for Health Sussan Ley as a necessary first step towards improving accessibility and value for patients.

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