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June 2012 News

Written by: Suzanne Still
29/06/2012 - 3:45pm

There's just one day left before the federal government begins means testing its 30 per cent private health insurance rebate, but the latest survey results reveal many Australians who will be affected by the policy are adopting a '"sit tight and she’ll be right" approach.

According to a Galaxy Poll released today (June 29), almost 45 per cent of Australians who fall under the income thresholds that will see the rebate reduced are planning to stay with their current health cover policy.

Written by: Edward Brewer
29/06/2012 - 3:07pm

The latest data on social trends released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has revealed the life expectancy of adults around the country is the fourth-best in the world.

Released earlier this week (June 26), the report indicates that Australians ranked equal fourth in terms of longevity alongside Israel - and were only beaten by Japan, Switzerland and Spain.

Data taken from a 2008 OECD study also showed Australian non-smoking rates are better than average, with just 17 per cent of those over the age of 15 smoking, compared with the OECD average of 21 per cent.

Written by: Jethro Still
28/06/2012 - 6:18pm

While higher income earners are preparing for changes to the federal government's 30 per cent private health insurance rebate, they are not the only ones who are affected - companies currently offering corporate health plans are also expected to take a hit.

Written by: Suzanne Still
28/06/2012 - 5:49pm

Whether you're over the age of 30 and scrambling to avoid the lifetime health cover loading or a higher income earner who will be affected by rebate means testing from July 1, many Australians will be looking to learn more about private health insurance policies - and fast!

Written by: Jethro Still
27/06/2012 - 6:00pm

The private health insurance industry's peak body has suggested some providers are being inundated by Australians looking to pay their premiums before rebate means testing begins on July 1.

Speaking to ABC Radio earlier this week, Private Healthcare Australia chief executive officer Michael Armitage explained families in particular are taking to opportunity to save 30 per cent by prepaying for next year's insurance - and for good reason.

Written by: Edward Brewer
27/06/2012 - 5:25pm

New research released by the Victorian state government has revealed residents have some mixed attitudes towards healthy eating and physical exercise.

Unveiled by health minister David Davis yesterday (June 26), the market research study evaluated almost 4,400 Victorians to provide an extensive insight into the health behaviour of adults across the state.

Written by: Suzanne Still
27/06/2012 - 3:32pm

Health minister Tanya Plibersek has rubbished claims by the Courier Mail (25 June) that over 300,000 Queenslanders will drop their private health insurance leading to a "clog-up" of public hospitals.

Written by: Jethro Still
26/06/2012 - 3:15pm

The Queensland state government is bracing itself for a "means-test health exodus" from July 1, according to News Limited reports.

According to the Courier Mail, it is believed that almost 15 per cent of Queenslanders will remove their health cover when the federal government begins means testing its private health insurance rebate.

Written by: Suzanne Still
25/06/2012 - 5:12pm

With household costs such as electricity set to increase from July 1, the family budget is at the forefront of many Australians' minds.

But it's not just the cost of living that will be affected by the start of the new financial year - the federal government will also begin means testing its 30 per cent private health insurance rebate. 

Written by: Jethro Still
25/06/2012 - 2:49pm

Tax time is creeping up, which means that many Australians will be scrambling to make as many savings as they can.

One of the easiest ways to reduce costs is to avoid paying the Medicare Levy Surcharge because you do not have private health insurance.