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Health Funds and Industry News

19/02/2018 - 9:06am

The Labour party has come out swinging at health insurance funds. They called yearly premium increases aggressive and claimed health funds made billions in profit every year. Firstly, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority statistics put total profits of all health funds at just over $1.2 billion. Secondly, premium increases aren't an aggressive move to increase profit - they're quite the opposite.

07/02/2018 - 8:56am

Basic cover is an essential part of the complex private health insurance market, and a product of high value to those who use it. Despite that fact, it has come under fire in the media recently with some industry commentators questioning it's value.

With that in mind, let's have a closer look at why the market needs basic health insurance, and why so many customers value it.

13/12/2017 - 3:40pm

People between the ages of 20 and 29 are the least likely to hold a health insurance policy for both hospital and general treatment, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority data shows. Plus, over the September quarter, almost 9,000 Australians aged from 25 to 29 dropped their cover (the largest decrease of any age group).

27/11/2017 - 1:48pm

There's a problem with Australia's private health insurance cover. In fact, only 55 per cent of the population have insurance covering general treatment, according to the latest Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) statistics.

27/11/2017 - 1:10pm

The average Australian health insurance premium has increased by between 4.8 and 6.2 per cent every year since 2010, Department of Health data shows. While the vast majority of consumers still see great value in their health insurance, it's understandable that some are put off by these continuous price increases.

20/11/2017 - 4:51pm

Over 13.5 million Australians have some form of private health insurance, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) data shows. That's well over half the population, a coverage level far better than many other advanced nations like New Zealand, the UK and Ireland. 

12/10/2017 - 11:32am

The private health insurance industry is committed to keeping premiums as low as the market permits. After all, doing so is in everyone's best interests - to guarantee the sustainability of the industry and ensure that insurance policies remain affordable for all Australians.

05/10/2017 - 10:12am

The World Health Organisation regularly ranks the equity, efficiency and quality of health systems around the world. In their most recent report, Australia ranked in the top 20 per cent again, above the United States, and even our neighbours across the Tasman. 

14/09/2017 - 2:43pm

The Australian insurance and private health system is a complex beast, and you'd be forgiven for not knowing its ins and outs. However, regardless of where you live, who you are, and what you do, you should understand Lifetime Health Cover and how it could affect you.

28/08/2017 - 2:21pm

Private health insurance has always been a volatile business, with consumers becoming increasingly critical of price increases that happen like clockwork every year. Since 2013 the average price of private health insurance has increased by roughly 23 per cent according to the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, and that's having a profound effect on coverage levels.

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