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June 2011 News

30/06/2011 - 3:20pm

The AFL and players have pledged to work together on a collective bargaining agreement following an AFL Players' Association (AFLPA) meeting regarding pay.

Private health insurance is one of the terms of the current deal, which expires on October 31 this year.

According to then-AFLPA chief executive Brendon Gale, the deal - which first came into play in 2007 - "recognised the contribution players make to the game as well as delivering security and stability for players and the football industry alike".

30/06/2011 - 3:15pm

Although midwives were granted permission to provide taxpayer-funded maternity care last November as long as they could reach a collaborative agreement with doctors, only a fraction of midwives have been using the scheme.

One midwife, Marie Heath, remarked to the Sydney Morning Herald that the changes do not make midwives accessible to the average Australian woman.

She claimed to have sought collaborative care agreements with ten private doctors - but all refused, claiming their insurance would not cover the collaboration or they were simply too busy.

29/06/2011 - 4:05pm

Ambulance fees in Tasmania will not be recovered from individuals with private health insurance, the state's health minister has asserted.

Michelle O'Byrne commented that while the health department has put forward "a range" of budget management measures, recovery of ambulance usage costs from private insurance holders is not on the table for consideration.

"Recouping ambulance costs from people with private cover is not an option the government will proceed with," she said in a June 25 statement.

29/06/2011 - 4:02pm

Anyone with private health insurance would do well to consider reviewing their policy annually to ensure they are getting the most out of their cover.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, private health insurance ombudsman Samantha Gavel asserted that it is essential to be "proactive" when it comes to medical cover.

"It's important people are proactive and look at their own insurance … because health insurance can be out-of-sight, out-of-mind until people get sick," she remarked.

28/06/2011 - 1:00am

With the end of the financial year approaching, this is the ideal time for Aussies to be thinking about their private health insurance needs.

As well as the peace of mind offered by an appropriate health insurance policy, there is also a tax saving to be had.

With pressures growing on household budgets, Australians will be keen to take advantage of any opportunity to hold on to more of their hard-earned money.

28/06/2011 - 1:00am

Seven months into the government's new maternity reforms, only a tiny percentage of midwives are providing Medicare rebates to patients.

Australia's 42,000 registered midwives were given access to the scheme in November and encouraged to reach collaborative agreements with doctors to provide government-funded maternity care.

But the government now admits that only 21 midwives have signed up to use the Medicare Benefits Schedule and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, with those midwives providing only 1,210 Medicare-funded services.

27/06/2011 - 5:08pm

Private health insurance costs have been rising by an average of six per cent per year over the past five years, but a new study reveals that savings can be made by individuals and businesses by re-evaluating their current cover.

The Your Money magazine study found that couples and families could save over $2,700 per year by switching plans.

"Even singles looking for a less comprehensive level of cover can save over $1,200 per year, so there’s no reason to spend too much on private health cover," said the magazine's managing editor Jackie Pearson.

24/06/2011 - 3:11pm

Australian employees who are primarily office-based have been described as "workaholics" due to the results of a recent survey.

NorthgateArsino, a provider of global HR services and systems, found that while technology - such as instant messaging and smartphones - have made staff more productive at work, they are also cutting into their personal time.

More than half the respondents in a recent survey admitted to carrying out work tasks from home, while 29.4 per cent claimed to work during their commute to and from the office.

24/06/2011 - 3:09pm

Private health insurance has been identified as a useful incentive to help combat turnover in the nursing profession.

New research set to be published in an upcoming issue of The Gerentologist suggested that pay alone is a small deciding factor on whether a nurse stays or leaves a nursing home job.

23/06/2011 - 4:26pm

Mothers and babies are likely to receive better outcomes in the private health care system, as expectant mums have better access to senior obstetricians earlier in their pregnancy than they would in the public sector, according to a leading expert.

Speaking to the Canberra Times, Dr Andrew Foote, president of the National Association of Specialist Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, commented on the different types of care available to expectant mothers in Australia.

While Dr Foote stressed the public system is safe, "the private system is safer".