Two large health funds, HCF and HBF are in talks for a merger. This would make them the third largest fund in Australia, strengthening their position and announcing them as a major player in Australian health insurance. We have a closer look.
The Australian Tax Office will be investigating over 20 million foreign visa holders over the next three years. That means migrants and visitors need to ensure they’re meeting every single visa condition – including relevant tax obligations, super contributions and health insurance.
Health insurance premiums are are set to increase on April 1 and some industry commentators have taken this chance to criticise health funds, labelling them greedy and the increases excessive. Is this really the case, and what’s driving these premium increases?
"Whatever can happen, will happen." Murphy's Law may sound fatalistic, but in truth it is a reason to spend a little more time thinking about how you will protect yourself should the worst arise.
If you are planning on seeing a bit of the world, whether that's on a round the world trip, a long holiday or spending time working in another country, you will undoubtedly need travel insurance.
Family health insurance can provide coverage to protect your family's needs, however there are some areas that are not always black and white.
If you have children or dependants listed on your family policy, you should be aware at what age they are no longer classified as children. It is also important to understand the conditions outlined for a dependant. Furthermore, newborn babies and private health insurance to cover you during pregnancy can come with certain conditions.