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March 2014 News

31/03/2014 - 8:24pm

The Australian government has confirmed the sale of Medibank Private after an independently prepared scoping study found no compelling reason for the government to hold on to the private health fund.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann made the announcement on March 26 and it was swiftly followed by a favourable statement from Australia's largest health insurance provider, Medibank.

31/03/2014 - 8:23pm

Many people would assume that a quick trip between two Australian ports would not require a travel insurance policy, especially when being treated by the onboard doctor.

Indeed, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade travel website assures its visitors that Medicare benefits are payable for people ''travelling between two Australian ports''.

However, there are some conditions that could revoke your right to claim Medicare benefits when treated on an Australian cruise ship, as 64-year-old Sandra Barrett recently found out.

26/03/2014 - 9:18pm

With the date of the 6.2 per cent health insurance premium increase fast approaching, many people have become fixated on how much it costs to take out private health insurance in Australia.

26/03/2014 - 9:17pm

If you own a pet, chances are you've been on the receiving end of a veterinary bill during their lifetime. Whether it was an illness or injury, when our pets require medical treatment it can be a stressful and expensive time.

According to the Australian Animal Health Alliance (AAHA), 63 per cent of Australian households care for at least one pet. This is one of highest rates of pet ownership in the world!

25/03/2014 - 8:16pm

Ten new medicines will be available through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from April 1 this year, according to Minister for Health Peter Dutton.

Designed to treat a range of illnesses, from diabetes to skin conditions, the addition of the new medications to the PBS should benefit many Australian families.

In particular, tocilzumab (sold as Actemera), used to treat arthritis in children, has been added to the PBS at a considerably lower cost, making this important treatment more accessible to affected families across Australia.

20/03/2014 - 3:09pm

Here at HICA, we are committed to complying with the official laws and legislation protecting your privacy. As of today, March 12, 2014, the official Australian Privacy Act has changed.

To remain compliant with the new privacy laws, we have updated our privacy policy to reflect the obligations laid out in the Privacy Act.

These law changes impose stricter obligations regarding how businesses and health service providers collect and use your personal information. 

20/03/2014 - 9:05am

Businesses in Queensland have admitted they are not taking out the required insurance because they cannot afford to get cover, according to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ).

CCIQ General Manager Nick Behrens explained the organisation's latest Pulse Survey has revealed growing insurance premiums are the third-biggest burden on Queensland businesses.

"Rising insurance premiums are affecting all Queensland businesses," he said in a March 17 media release.

19/03/2014 - 9:54pm

Retirement is a big step for anyone. Deciding when to leave your job and enjoy your golden years can be one of the largest life-changing decisions you ever make.

However, sometimes this decision is made for us when, due to illness or injury, we are no longer able to participate in the workforce.

Whatever your reasons for retiring, it is important to consider how your health insurance needs may change.

19/03/2014 - 1:29pm

Businesses across Queensland are expected to benefit from a government investment directed towards corporate health and better lifestyle choices for employees.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie announced the $1.4 million funding to be delivered as individual grants under the Working for Wellness Program in a March 11 statement.

19/03/2014 - 1:28pm

Now that summer is well and truly behind us, it is time to start preparing your workplace for the winter months. Unfortunately, with the colder weather comes the risk of colds and influenza in the workplace.

These illnesses can cost Australian businesses more than $7 billion each year in lost productivity due to absenteeism, according to St John Australia. This is an estimated 1.5 million lost work days.