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NIB lifts profit forecast thanks to 'benign' claims environment

NIB lifts profit forecast thanks to 'benign' claims environment

Shares in the private health insurance fund soared after it flagged stronger profit results.

  • by Nassim Khadem

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Specialist doctors can now vie for patients by sending fee quotes
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Specialist doctors can now vie for patients by sending fee quotes

A new government-backed service allows patients to request a quote from hundreds of specialist doctors and then compare fees, wait times and locations.

  • by Esther Han
Government urged to dump 'flawed' health insurance discount plan for young people
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Government urged to dump 'flawed' health insurance discount plan for young people

The federal government is being warned that its plan to permit health insurers to offer age-based discounts for hospital cover will only lead more young people buying policies they don't need.

  • by Esther Han
Private Health Insurance 'excluding benefits under the radar'
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Private Health Insurance 'excluding benefits under the radar'

Doctors warn new private health insurance categories could push patients onto public hospital waiting lists or even change the care they offer to people at different levels of cover.

  • by Nigel Gladstone & Esther Han
Spine surgery patients disadvantaged under private insurance reforms, surgeons say
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Spine surgery patients disadvantaged under private insurance reforms, surgeons say

Spine surgeons have voiced concerns over the federal government's proposed changes to private health insurance policies.

  • by Lucy Stone
Bigger is not better for new joints
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Bigger is not better for new joints

The majority of knee replacements were made in obese people in 2016 but they also suffer accelerated implant failure and greater need for repeated operations.

  • by Nigel Gladstone
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Matthew has a serious condition, yet he opted out of My Health Record
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Matthew has a serious condition, yet he opted out of My Health Record

Despite undergoing three rounds of brain surgery, Matthew Toohey says he doesn't want his records stored online due to privacy concerns.

  • by Andrew Brown
New ranking system to help public compare health insurance cover
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New ranking system to help public compare health insurance cover

The Turnbull government claims the new system will improve transparency in the sector.

  • by Josh Dye
'Not at a crisis point yet': Doctors defend going private to give birth
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'Not at a crisis point yet': Doctors defend going private to give birth

Obstetricians say unless changes are made to the Medicare rebate the incidence of women ditching private cover could increase.

  • by Nassim Khadem
'Waste of money': women ditch private hospitals, go public to give birth
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'Waste of money': women ditch private hospitals, go public to give birth

Libby Nuttall joined a growing number of women when she chose a public hospital for the birth of her son Elliott, because of expense of going private.

  • by Nassim Khadem
ACCC tells private health funds: be more honest with your customers
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ACCC tells private health funds: be more honest with your customers

The average out-of-pocket expense for hospital treatment is about $300. The ACCC wants health funds to be more transparent about exclusions applying to policies

  • by Nassim Khadem