Getting set up with Australian health insurance can benefit you in ensuring you get the appropriate medical treatment and care – something which is important especially as you reach your older years.
A report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on November 23 has revealed that older Australians are living longer and on average are getting more years of life without 'severe or profound limitations' to their daily activities.
From 1998 to 2009 life expectancy at birth rose from 75.9 to 79.3 years for males and from 81.5 to 83.9 years for females, according to the report, Changes in life expectancy and disability in Australia 1998 to 2009.
"Australian boys born in 2009 could expect to live an average 61.6 years without disability and another 17.7 years with disability, including 5.5 years with severe or profound activity limitation,' said AIHW spokesperson Brent Diverty.
Australian girls could live longer though with Mr Diverty adding: "Girls born in 2009 could expect to live an average 64.3 years without disability and 19.6 years with disability, including 7.5 years with severe or profound activity limitation."
Mr Diverty said the "downside" to Australians living longer is that as the population ages, there's expected to be more older Australians living with disability.
"But it is important to remember that disability does not necessarily equate to poor health or illness," he said.
Take a step in ensuring you make your health a priority by seeking private health cover.