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13/07/2011 - 5:25pm

Australians made more claims for dental care than any other type of benefit according to a report by the Australian Health Insurance Association.

Of the total $3.2 billion paid in allied health services benefits, $1.6 billion was for dental work.

The amount paid by insurers represents almost half of the $3.3 billion total charged for visits to the dentist.

The figures show an increase of five per cent in the amount claimed compared to the year before.

12/07/2011 - 6:22pm

Victoria's WorkHealth checks initiative has illustrated the importance of employers looking out for the health and wellbeing of their workers.

Businesses have welcomed the opportunity to gauge the health of their workers, with more than 300,000 employees being tested. However, the results provided some concerning findings.

The report released this month showed than one in four employees had high cholesterol due to bad eating habits.

12/07/2011 - 4:32pm

The government continues to focus on preventative health measures with the announcement of an additional $26 million in Healthy Community Grants available for local governments.

The funding aims to reverse the trend of Australians not worrying about their health until they are already sick.

Acting minister for health and ageing Mark Butler says, "We know that prevention works, that’s why we are encouraging all Australians to get active, eat well and adopt healthier lifestyles."

11/07/2011 - 6:45pm

Residents from Port Macquarie and Mt Isa will both benefit from new GP Super Clinics to be built as a part of the Government's $528 million nation-wide initiative.

The GP Super Clinics have been designed to offer residents better access to professional medical care, with preventative health care as a key focus.

The two new sites are the newest of a total of 64 to be built across Australia.

Nicola Roxon, minister for health and ageing, says the centres will offer better-all round care for people in the areas.

11/07/2011 - 6:43pm

As details of the carbon tax are released, average Australians are preparing for the impact it will have on their household budgets.

The average rise will be $515 a year, with prime minister Julia Gillard conceding that not all households will be compensated.

Low-income earners and seniors will be covered by newly-announced family payment increases and tax cuts, to the tune of 20 per cent more than the rise in costs.

08/07/2011 - 5:07pm

Claims made by the Opposition that up to a million Australians would abandon private health cover in favour of the public sector as a result of changes to the Medicare levy surcharge were unfounded, according to new research.

Minister for health and ageing Nicola Roxon asserted that the opposition "have been caught crying wolf" after a report from KPMG indicated that the surcharge changes did not affect activity trends in public hospitals.

07/07/2011 - 6:24pm

Employers may find that having generous parental leave policies in place could improve staff productivity, according to the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Nicholas Wilson remarked that best-practice employers are those who go above and beyond their minimum legal obligations and offer a number of tangible benefits to their staff.

In addition to offering extended periods of paid parental leave funded by an employer, bosses can also stand out by continuing to make contributions to the employee's superannuation fund while they are on leave or providing a return-to-work bonus.

06/07/2011 - 3:05pm

Overconfidence in government benefits programs has led to complacency when it comes to insurance protection in Australia, according to a new study.

MetLife's inaugural report on international employee benefit trends indicated that with more Australians living longer than ever before - for example, the proportion of citizens over the age of 65 will increase to more than 25 per cent in the next 40 years - the country's healthcare system will be faced with greater pressures.

06/07/2011 - 2:32pm

A new survey of over 17,000 health insurance policies by Choice has found that it pays to compare health insurance policies.

Simply finding a policy that offers more tailored cover could cut up to $1,529 off the cost of health insurance, the research has suggested.

According to Choice spokesperson Ingrid Just, switching funds is not just about saving money, but also getting more comprehensive cover.

05/07/2011 - 3:34pm

Private health insurance policyholders who are thinking about switching their cover are faced with a "maze of information and uncertainty" when it comes to making a change.

Writing for FlagPost - a blog providing research and information from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library - Amanda Biggs asserted that some Australians are deterred from switching policies because of the time and effort it takes to make checks with their current and new insurers.

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