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January 2015 News

30/01/2015 - 5:04pm

Calls to the scrap the private health insurance rebate are in a state of flux, as Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has made his position on the matter clear.

Minister Cormann has rejected the calls and maintains that the current system is working as is.

Welfare groups across Australia have been the driving force in pressuring the government, as changes to proposed policies were altered earlier in January before they could come into effect.

23/01/2015 - 3:07pm

Many Australians are more concerned by body image than general wellbeing, according to recent research carried out by Medibank.

The Medibank Health Check quarterly report asked some 1,500 people about their self perceptions, and gathered some surprising results.

16/01/2015 - 2:45pm

The government will actively seek to address issues surrounding any Medicare reform, after several of the proposed changes have been brought into question.

With doctors in particular reacting with disdain, certain topics will be in focus when the Department of Health discusses the ongoing issues later this month.

14/01/2015 - 12:31pm

People across Queensland are set to feel the benefit of Australia's first elective surgery guarantee from February 1.

The scheme aims to cut down the waiting lists for elective surgery, but Queensland Health has gone further and pledged to improve every aspect of the patient experience in the state, ensuring that only world class healthcare is delivered. 

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13/01/2015 - 8:17am

Recent research from the Australia Institute (AI) has outlined how over $2 billion could be pumped back into the Australian economy, if general sales tax (GST) was tacked onto private health insurance.

As part of a wider report which focuses on ways to decrease the budget deficit without being hard-hitting to low income families, AI notes that there could be benefits in extending GST to two key sectors - private health insurance and private schools.

09/01/2015 - 2:35pm

Changes to Medicare proposed by the government have not gone down well with general practitioners across Australia.

Despite the the plan's aim to strengthen Medicare to ensure it is sustainable over the coming years, alterations to bulk billing and the subsequent increases in co-payments has left many doctors in a state of dismay.

08/01/2015 - 3:00pm

The government has recently announced a new initiative which asks Australians to think about how healthy their diets actually are and the effect this can have on overall wellbeing.

A new rating system has been introduced, making it easier for the public to better understand how what they eat can effect their health. Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash explained the thinking behind this new Health Star Rating system.

08/01/2015 - 2:42pm

Establishing that your health and wellbeing will be looked after in the long-term is something everyone desires. To that end, ensuring you do not pay too much for your health insurance cover, learning the intricacies of Lifetime Health Cover (LHC) can prove crucial if you don't want to be penalised.

08/01/2015 - 1:59pm

The Australian Government is set to review the rebate on private health insurance premiums for natural therapies undertaken by private health insurance policy holders. The initial plan was drawn up way back in July 2012, with extended delays pushing back the implementation of the review until 1 April this year.

08/01/2015 - 1:58pm

Taking out private health cover can give you the peace of mind that should you be in need of treatment, there will be a number of options available. What many policy holders don't understand is how the nuances of using their private health insurance in getting treatment from a public hospital affects them.