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February 2012 News

29/02/2012 - 12:29pm

With the recent news of private health insurance premium increases, one of Australia's largest health fund providers has announced a below average rise in costs for its members.

Bupa revealed yesterday (February 28) that it will be increasing premiums by an average of 4.91 per cent - just below the industry average of 5.06 per cent.

According to managing director Richard Bowden, the health insurance provider will be looking to invest in new products and health programs in both the short and long term.

29/02/2012 - 11:23am

National health fund provider Australian Unity has spoken out against the federal government's decision to means test the private health insurance rebate.

According to chief executive officer of healthcare Amanda Hagan, the effect of the legislation on lower income earners and those with a chronic disease has been underestimated.

28/02/2012 - 3:48pm

Four million Australians will benefit from lower health insurance premium increases this year, according to the health minister.

Tanya Plibersek announced today (January 18) that the average annual increase of 5.06 per cent in private health insurance premiums in 2012 is the lowest figure recorded in four years.

28/02/2012 - 3:06pm

The federal government has been told that it will need between $8.4 billion and $14.4 billion over four years to establish a national dental health scheme.

The report - commissioned by the government and released on February 27 by the National Advisory Council on Dental Health - has revealed that with the oral health of Australians worsening, $400 million would be needed in the next financial year alone.

The council also found that almost 400,000 Australians are currently waiting 27 months on average to access public dental health services.

27/02/2012 - 5:13pm

Mental health patients in Tasmania received a boost last week, with a new headspace office opening in the state's capital on February 24.

Federal minister for mental health and ageing Mark Butler and community services minister Julie Collins were on hand to open the latest facility in Hobart - the 33rd headspace site in the country.

"Mental health is the single biggest health issue facing young Australians," Mr Butler stated.

27/02/2012 - 4:26pm

New research has found that women are more likely to have a heart attack, with chest pain cited as the most common warning sign.

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 40 per cent of women arrived at hospital without chest pain, which is 10 per cent more than the number of men.

24/02/2012 - 4:16pm

Public hospitals in Victoria may experience a shortage of nursing staff as they begin rolling stoppages from today (February 24).

The Victorian branch of the Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) announced that three hospitals will take part in the industrial action, with additional facilities also to join in the coming days.

Nurses from The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Dandenong Hospital and Western Hospital in Footscray walked off the job for four hours on Friday morning.

24/02/2012 - 2:22pm

One of Australia's largest private health providers has used its half-yearly report to criticise the federal government's decision to means test the private health insurance rebate.

Ramsay Health Care released its latest financial results yesterday (February 23) and despite the positive growth, managing director Christopher Rex believes the "disappointing" policy will eventually have an impact on the hospital operator.

23/02/2012 - 2:37pm

Australian high school students are increasing their risk of developing chronic diseases in later life due to a lack of activity, a new study has found.

The National Secondary Student's Diet and Activity survey - funded by the Heart Foundation and Cancer Council and published in the February 20 issue of the Medical Journal of Australia - examined 12,188 students across the country.

23/02/2012 - 12:58pm

Two of Australia's leading mental health bodies have joined forces to deliver a new website to educate patients on issues surrounding insurance - including private health insurance.

The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA), along with depression and anxiety initiative beyondblue, launched the Mental Health and Insurance Project website yesterday (February 22) in a bid to help Australians better understand insurance products, consumer legal rights and the disability legislative structure.