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Understanding private health insurance rebates

Private health insurance rebates relieve Australians from the full cost of their premiums by covering part of the premium costs. So what do the health insurance premium changes look like for you?


Kate Wick
Jun 4, 2018( 2 min read )

Three ways to find better health cover

Finding the best health insurance policy to suit your lifestyle can be confusing, what with excess, extras, rebates, levies and fees to factor into your research. Here are some tips to guide you in the right direction and make finding the right hospital and extras cover as straight forward as possible.


Laine Gordon
Jun 4, 2018( 3 min read )

What the health insurance premium rise means for you

If you are one of the 10.7 million Australians with health insurance, you may be aware that the biggest increase in health insurance premiums in almost a decade has just kicked in. But what does it mean for you?


RateCity Staff
Jun 4, 2018( 3 min read )

Aussies living longer but tackling more illnesses

Australians are living longer with one of the highest life expectancies in the world – which is great news for those who want to build up extra precious memories with their adult children and grandchildren, enjoy their retirement or even take that coveted round-the-world trip.


Laine Gordon
Jun 4, 2018( 3 min read )

Baby, talk is cheap

Having a baby is one of the most exciting life stages, yet it may also be one of the most uncertain for expectant parents. Pregnancy can raise so many questions, not least about the health of mother and baby.


Laine Gordon
Jun 4, 2018( 3 min read )

Private health cover; the incentives explained

You may have noticed the advertisements on television; health funds urging Australians to sign up to cash in on government incentives or to avoid paying surcharges or lifetime loading. But what’s it all about?


Laine Gordon
Jun 4, 2018( 3 min read )

Understanding hospital and extras cover

When it comes to buying private health insurance there are two main types – hospital and extras. The level of cover you choose determines the procedures and services you’re covered for – but as a rule of thumb the higher the level of cover the more you’ll be able to claim and the more money you’ll typically get back.


Laine Gordon
Jun 4, 2018( 3 min read )

Private health insurance: Lots of changes for 2012

Private health insurance is a heavily regulated industry. On balance, that's a good thing, because issues around health, and in particular health costs, are pretty important. But one of the downsides is that regulations change frequently and health insurance has lots of regulations that affect both the premiums you pay and your tax bill.


Laine Gordon
Jun 4, 2018( 4 min read )

Eat yourself skinny

Find it hard to resist a hamburger? You're not alone. The latest data suggests six out of 10 adults are overweight or obese, with this proportion climbing from 56 percent in 1995 to 61 percent by 2007 to 2008.


Laine Gordon
Jun 4, 2018( 3 min read )

The cost of getting the flu

It’s official! We’re a sickly lot with one estimate from private health insurer nib suggesting that as many as one in five Australians will come down with the flu this year. Moreover, St John Ambulance Australia estimates that flu costs Australian companies more than $7billion in sick days annually.


Laine Gordon
Jun 4, 2018( 3 min read )

Health cover and your kids

Consumers are typically advised to approach impossibly cheap deals, bargain-basement discounts and freebies with caution, because what seems too good to be true usually is. But when it comes to health insurance and your children, there is such a thing as a freeride.


Laine Gordon
Jun 4, 2018( 3 min read )

Six ways to kick the smoking habit

While new research shows smoking rates in Australia are falling, some of us need a little help to quit.


Laine Gordon
Jun 4, 2018( 3 min read )

Stress-busting superfoods

The overwhelming majority of Australians suffer from stress, with 91 percent reporting some level of stress in their lives, according to a recent Lifeline poll.


Laine Gordon
Jun 4, 2018( 3 min read )

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