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25/06/2013 - 4:04pm

In the 12 months leading up to March 2013, those with Australian health insurance have received an astounding $15 billion worth of benefits.

A total of $11.16 billion paid for hospital benefits, while the remaining $3.77 billion went toward general treatment cover, according to Private Healthcare Australia.

25/06/2013 - 4:03pm

Michael Moore, chief executive officer of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), has announced that the country needs to take the management of superbugs more seriously.

"We now have yet more evidence of the importance of establishing a National Centre for Disease Control to provide appropriate coordination of the full range of population health issues and particularly with regard to antimicrobial resistance (AMR)," Mr Moore said in a June 11 statement.

24/06/2013 - 4:43pm

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24/06/2013 - 4:32pm

Private Healthcare Australia is requesting that Australians "take action" against the government's proposed changes to the private health insurance rebate system and medicare levy surcharge.

21/06/2013 - 4:43pm

A record amount of funding has been given to health care services in the recently released NSW budget.

Jillian Skinner, health minister, has estimated that over 100,000 people in NSW can now be treated in hospital wards and emergency departments, or receive planned surgery because of the funding.

This is fantastic news for those with private health insurance, as it will mean even more health services are open and easily accessible to them.

21/06/2013 - 4:42pm

The NSW budget has granted more than $1.2 billion to fund construction projects on health care facilities around the state.

Jillian Skinner, health minister, said the funding - which represents an increase of 10 per cent when compared with last year's budget - demonstrates the government is committed to rebuilding NSW's hospital system.

A large number of upgrades will be commencing and continuing "from Peak Hill to Port Macquarie, Bega to Blacktown Mount Druitt," revealed Ms Skinner in a June 19 statement.

20/06/2013 - 4:58pm

Sir Michael Hirst, president of the International Diabetes Federation, has launched Diabetes Australia's National Diabetes Strategy and Action Plan.

Mr Hirst believes the plan will draw some much-needed attention to the twenty-first century pandemic that is diabetes.

"In 2012 the worldwide cost of diabetes was estimated at $US471 billion," he said. There were also a recorded 4.8 million deaths around the world that same year because of the disease.

19/06/2013 - 3:09pm

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), as well as five other national organisations, has welcomed the House of Representatives' report on a recent inquiry into adult dental services.

Medicare does not provide benefits for most dental examinations and treatment. So, if you need to access these services, you may want to consider taking out Australian health insurance.

18/06/2013 - 5:40pm

Three new temporary work visas were introduced by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship last year: the 401 (Temporary Work - Long Stay Activity) visa, the 402 (Training and Research) visa and the 403 (Temporary Work - International Relations) visa.

The 401 visa allows you to stay in Australia for a maximum of two years as a religious or domestic worker, professional athlete or as part of a "reciprocal staff arrangement" (i.e. some form of work exchange program).

18/06/2013 - 5:35pm

A new website has today (June 18) been launched to inform Australians about Medicare Locals and the services they provide.

Medicare Locals were established in 2011 and there are currently 61 dotted all over the country.

They have been designed to make sure decisions about health services are made by and in communities and are therefore tailored to local needs.

The government has invested a total of $1.8 billion in Medicare Locals. They provide after-hours GP consultations, support for those living with mental illnesses, immunisations and eHealth services.

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