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March 2013 News

Written by: Jethro Still
28/03/2013 - 3:17pm

The Private Health Insurance Ombudsman (PHIO) has listed asking your doctor for an estimate of fees before receiving treatment as one of their ten golden rules of private health insurance.

"Wherever practical, doctors should provide information to their patients about fees for any proposed treatment and should be prepared to discuss their charges before providing their services," the PHIO states.

Written by: Suzanne Still
27/03/2013 - 2:15pm

Results from the Australian Health Survey give an important insight into the actions people take in relation to their health, said director of health at the Australian Bureau of Statistics Louise Gates, in order to understand how to "better prevent illness and injury".

Over half of us regularly checked our skin for changes in freckles or moles in 2011-12 period, according to results released yesterday (March 26) from the Australian Health Survey.

27/03/2013 - 2:13pm

If you have health insurance, you should be aware by now of the private health insurance premium increases that will take place from April 1.

Premiums may increase for various reasons including when hospital, medical or other health related costs rise and if members have increased use of health services.

26/03/2013 - 3:02pm

If you're planning on visiting Australia some time soon, it's vital that you take care of your health care requirements to ensure you really enjoy your trip - without getting stuck with a costly medical bill.

The Australian government has Reciprocal Health Care Agreements (RHCA) with New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Belgium, Italy, Slovenia and Malta.

Written by: Suzanne Still
25/03/2013 - 3:33pm

A "modern day collection tin" has been launched for the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal, with the Facebook app for the campaign going live today (March 25).

Donating has never been easier, where instead of scrounging around for change, people can simply use the app to make a donation and receive an emailed receipt within minutes.

25/03/2013 - 3:32pm

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service (ARCBS) presents the hard facts that while one in three Australians will need blood in their lifetime, only one in 30 will actually donate.

Snacking on dark chocolate could be the key to preventing a national blood shortage this Easter, says the ARCBS.

The blood service 'urgently needs' an extra 8,000 people to give blood this long weekend, with spokesperson Kathy Bowlen adding that dark chocolate contained more iron than milk chocolate and even red meat, making it the 'perfect treat' for potential donors.

Written by: Jethro Still
25/03/2013 - 3:31pm

If you've left reviewing your health insurance policy on the backburner, then now is the time to act, with the average premium increase of 5.6 per cent set to begin from next Monday (April 1).

21/03/2013 - 3:17pm

Epilepsy is the world's most common serious brain disorder, currently affecting the lives of over 225,000 Australians.

March is National Epilepsy Awareness Month, raising awareness of the often debilitating condition which is estimated to affect more than three per cent of the Australian population within their lifetime.

Purple Day is a global effort dedicated to raising awareness about the condition on March 26.

21/03/2013 - 3:14pm

The health insurance premium increases are set to take effect soon, so in light of these changes we have decided to offer three top tips on getting the best out of your private health cover.

Written by: Suzanne Still
21/03/2013 - 3:12pm

If you have kids and currently only have individual health insurance, you can opt to get private health cover to look after the whole family.

Family health insurance helps to ensure that your loved ones get the appropriate medical treatment and care needed.