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March 2015 News

30/03/2015 - 2:39pm

Many public hospitals are finding themselves pushed for time and resources, which is leaving them struggling to meet the high standards demanded of the medical industry.

The first victim in such a case is often the waiting times. Medical professionals are, of course, not going to reduce their quality of care; but with a growing and ageing population, it is leaving the queue to see a doctor, nurse or surgeon rather long.

27/03/2015 - 3:48pm

By now, you may have heard about the changes about to come into place that will affect the cost of health insurance in Australia. An annual rise in premium rates will give health funds the ability to maintain a high level of benefits in the light of increasing cost pressures.

27/03/2015 - 3:43pm

If you are thinking of purchasing private health insurance in the coming weeks, you may find ample reason to do so.

27/03/2015 - 3:32pm

With the latest premium price rise coming into effect from 1 April, many people will look for ways to cut the cost of their health insurance policy.

Of course, this is a fine balancing act. One of the main advantages of having health insurance is the benefit of security through a well-rounded level of cover. Any changes to a policy must be done surgically rather than with a hammer and chisel.

19/03/2015 - 8:17am

Creating a health insurance policy that covers your most pressing medical needs can be a complicated task.

On top of any specific health issues, there are common concerns that, without the right level of cover, can leave Australians with lower levels of care.

For instance, if a medical condition is to strike, many private health customers will want to choose their doctor and the location they will receive treatment - something that a complete policy will allow them to do.

16/03/2015 - 3:51pm

There can be many reasons why you want to start using private healthcare. To have more choice over your hospital treatment, or to avoid larger premiums once you cross the 30-year-old lifetime health cover threshold, for instance.

06/03/2015 - 2:50pm

Not all trips abroad are holidays. People choose to travel for many reasons - to find adventure, to help people in disadvantaged areas, for work purposes or to take part in a charity event.

Travel insurance is integral for anyone planning a trip overseas, though this is even more of a necessity for people visiting areas that are inherently dangerous.

04/03/2015 - 11:26am

Tom Petty once sang: "the waiting is the hardest part". While the American musician may have been opining on romance, he could quite easily have been discussing the issue of waiting periods when beginning a health insurance policy.

Global health insurer BUPA explained that there is often confusion around the issue among policyholders.

03/03/2015 - 12:55pm

Last Friday, the Australian Government announced the extent of the private health insurance premium rise. It was expected to be around 6 per cent - an amount many thought was on the high side.

The actual increase was announced as averaging 6.18 per cent, though varied between 3.98 and 6.99 per cent as different health insurers increase their premium rates at varying levels.

Health Minister Sussan Ley announced on Friday (February 27) that she had approved the rise, which sees health insurance prices grow above the rate of inflation - 2.2 per cent.