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February 2013 News

28/02/2013 - 10:00am

Residents of countries such as New Zealand, Sweden, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Finland are able to receive some subsidised health services and medicines while visiting Australia due to Reciprocal Health Care Agreements.

27/02/2013 - 3:53pm

If you and your family have health insurance, one of the top issues on your mind at the moment may be the forthcoming premium changes taking place in April.

The Private Heath Insurance Ombudsman (PHIO) recommends that all consumers review their private health insurance at least once a year.

26/02/2013 - 12:33pm

Australian health insurance holders will see new changes to their health funds come into effect this April, with premiums set to rise this year.

According to a report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.2 per cent in the December quarter of 2012, with the health group rising 7.7 per cent over the 12 months to December.

22/02/2013 - 12:08pm

If the golden sands and famous outback of Australia are calling you to the land downunder, then there is nothing stopping you from visiting our shores - that is of course if you have got your Visa and health insurance requirements organised.

Depending on the reason for your visit, you may be required to take out private health cover as part of the conditions of your Visa.

20/02/2013 - 3:13pm

If you are from outside Australia and are interested in working in the country on a temporary basis, then you are a likely candidate for the subclass 457 Visa.

There are three key stages in employing a skilled worker under the subclass 457 visa program: the first involves the employer applying to be a sponsor, then secondly nominating a position and finally the employee applying for the 457 Visa.

20/02/2013 - 12:42pm

Millions of Australians across the country with health insurance may now be aware of the changes coming to their policies, with the federal government announcing increases to private health cover premiums from April 2013.

If your health fund has increased its premiums, they are required to notify you in writing. You will then also receive updated policy information which will provide more details on the changes.

Written by: Suzanne Still
19/02/2013 - 12:43pm

More than 10.7 million Australians have hospital cover, the highest number in 37 years.

Federal minister for health Tanya Plibersek revealed on February 15 that an additional 122,000 people have taken out private health cover in the six months since the income testing of the private health insurance rebate was introduced.

15/02/2013 - 9:36am

Impending increases to health insurance premiums from April may have you considering switching health funds to get a private health cover that better suits you and your family's medical and budget needs.

Written by: Jethro Still
14/02/2013 - 3:24pm

A business health insurance plan can be a great initiative for both the company and the employees themselves, ensuring that staff get the appropriate medical care and treatment while also helping the business with retention and job satisfaction.

If your company has implemented a corporate health plan in the workplace then you may notice some changes to your policy from April 2013.

13/02/2013 - 3:46pm

Families and individuals across Australia can expect their health insurance premiums to rise by an average of 5.6 per cent, with changes being made by the federal government to take effect from April.

Health minister Tanya Plibersek said that the government worked hard to keep these premium rises to a minimum for families while also making sure that the cost increases could be covered by insurance companies.