Two of Australia's leading mental health bodies have joined forces to deliver a new website to educate patients on issues surrounding insurance – including private health insurance.
The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA), along with depression and anxiety initiative beyondblue, launched the Mental Health and Insurance Project website yesterday (February 22) in a bid to help Australians better understand insurance products, consumer legal rights and the disability legislative structure.
"Ensuring fair and equitable access to insurance for Australians with mental illness is a key priority for the MHCA and beyondblue," the MCHA said in a statement.
"This website will help Australians with mental illness access the information they need engage properly and fully within insurance applications and claims processes."
The website contains a wealth of information regarding private health insurance policies, such as access, limits and benefits, and how to make a complaint.
Frequently asked questions for private health insurance are also addressed, including whether or not mental illness is taken into consideration when a patient applies for policy cover.
A specialist health insurance broker can provide free advice to mental health patients, assisting them in finding the most appropriate policy for their needs.