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20/02/2013 - 12:42pm

Millions of Australians across the country with health insurance may now be aware of the changes coming to their policies, with the federal government announcing increases to private health cover premiums from April 2013.

If your health fund has increased its premiums, they are required to notify you in writing. You will then also receive updated policy information which will provide more details on the changes.

Written by: Suzanne Still
19/02/2013 - 12:43pm

More than 10.7 million Australians have hospital cover, the highest number in 37 years.

Federal minister for health Tanya Plibersek revealed on February 15 that an additional 122,000 people have taken out private health cover in the six months since the income testing of the private health insurance rebate was introduced.

15/02/2013 - 9:36am

Impending increases to health insurance premiums from April may have you considering switching health funds to get a private health cover that better suits you and your family's medical and budget needs.

Written by: Jethro Still
14/02/2013 - 3:24pm

A business health insurance plan can be a great initiative for both the company and the employees themselves, ensuring that staff get the appropriate medical care and treatment while also helping the business with retention and job satisfaction.

If your company has implemented a corporate health plan in the workplace then you may notice some changes to your policy from April 2013.

13/02/2013 - 3:46pm

Families and individuals across Australia can expect their health insurance premiums to rise by an average of 5.6 per cent, with changes being made by the federal government to take effect from April.

Health minister Tanya Plibersek said that the government worked hard to keep these premium rises to a minimum for families while also making sure that the cost increases could be covered by insurance companies.

12/02/2013 - 1:48pm

Currently, almost 10.7 million Australians have private health insurance hospital cover, the highest number in 37 years.

Written by: Jethro Still
11/02/2013 - 2:46pm

Railway + transport health fund (rt health), an organisation that has been looking after Australian workers for over 120 years, has reinvigorated its product range to launch new options for its members.

rt health fund only sells private health cover to people employed in the transport and electricity industries, with restrictions set out on who can qualify for the health fund.

Written by: Suzanne Still
07/02/2013 - 4:09pm

Developmental brain disorders such as autism are currently diagnosed by observing mental and behavioural abnormalities in children such as impaired memory and delayed language development - but this could soon be a method of the past.

According to researchers at Melbourne's Australian Neuroscience Society meeting, genetic screening at birth may help to determine a child's risk of developing mental illness in later life.

The researchers have developed an analytical tool that predicts the disease which will emerge from a "certain combination of genes".

Written by: Edward Brewer
07/02/2013 - 4:06pm

Workers are being urged to prevent heat stress this summer by taking breaks, drinking plenty of water and limiting time in the sun, as part of WorkCover NSW's heat awareness campaign.

The risks of heat stress can be deadly, said general manager of WorkCover's Work Health and Safety Division John Watson, who said that it has resulted in a number of fatalities in the state.

Written by: Suzanne Still
06/02/2013 - 3:49pm

A new paper published in the Medical Journal of Australia's MJA Open has identified the "central role" adequate vitamin D, calcium and exercise plays in all life stages to improve bone health.

The paper, Building Healthy Bones Throughout Life: an evidence-informed strategy to prevent osteoporosis in Australia, presents key guidelines that are important to the bone health of Australians.

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