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Private Health System News

12/10/2017 - 11:32am

The private health insurance industry is committed to keeping premiums as low as the market permits. After all, doing so is in everyone's best interests - to guarantee the sustainability of the industry and ensure that insurance policies remain affordable for all Australians.

05/10/2017 - 10:12am

The World Health Organisation regularly ranks the equity, efficiency and quality of health systems around the world. In their most recent report, Australia ranked in the top 20 per cent again, above the United States, and even our neighbours across the Tasman. 

01/09/2017 - 3:55pm

Why do we need private health insurance in Australia when our public health system remains one of the world's best? After all, insurance can be costly, and many don't fully understand the benefits it provides. To help you make an informed decision, here are four of the most compelling advantages of private health insurance. 

28/08/2017 - 2:21pm

Private health insurance has always been a volatile business, with consumers becoming increasingly critical of price increases that happen like clockwork every year. Since 2013 the average price of private health insurance has increased by roughly 23 per cent according to the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, and that's having a profound effect on coverage levels.

18/07/2017 - 10:58am

When we're young we're kept occupied by university, career, relationships and everything else involved with the transition into adult life. Understandably, private health insurance in Australia often isn't a blip on our radars - but it should be.

26/06/2017 - 4:36pm

Countless Australians don't concern themselves with private health insurance until they wish they had it. That may be because most believe that Medicare and the public system covers them for ambulance and emergency services as well as specialist care, according to a recent Pureprofile study.

08/06/2017 - 2:37pm

There's no doubt health insurance premiums are a necessary cost for millions of Australians. In fact, a total of 13.5 million people have health insurance in our country, according to the most recent statistics provided by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA).

That's why it's such exciting news that a new initiative by the Government could put downward pressure on premium increases in 2017 and beyond. We've had a closer look.

25/05/2017 - 11:31am

Those with private health insurance are being bumped up elective surgery lists in public hospitals, ahead of publicly funded patients, a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows.

The report also details a number of trends that suggest having a private health insurance policy means better, quicker healthcare - even in public facilities. What does this mean for the average Australian? 

24/05/2017 - 2:19pm

Healthcare affordability should be near the top of any government's priorities. Yet for so long federal budgets haven't focused enough on health insurance and other essentials that bring the cost of care down for everyday Australians. 

28/02/2017 - 9:14am

You might have a suitable health insurance policy, but are you going to be able to pay the increased premium rates come April 1? Depending on your insurer, your premiums will rise by different amounts, but there is a way to avoid having to pay increased rates.

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