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Ombudsman’s State of the Health Funds Report

Ombudsman’s State of the Health Funds Report

Westfund Health Insurance has welcomed the release of the 2019 Commonwealth Ombudsman’s State of the Health Funds Report. The report, which is a detailed, comparative look at the performance and service delivery of health funds, covers the 2018-19 period. In a pleasing trend for the broader private health insurance industry, complaints to the Ombudsman have… 

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Westfund wins Canstar's 2019 Outstanding value award

Westfund wins Canstar's 2019 Outstanding value award

Westfund’s commitment to excellence has been recognised, with the not-for-profit health insurer awarded Outstanding Value Awards from Canstar as part of their 2019 Health Insurance Star Ratings and Awards. Westfund received Canstar Awards for Outstanding Value Winner in NSW and Queensland for Hospital and Packaged products in 2019. The awards are a pleasing result given… 

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Regional Access to Quality Health Care.

Regional Access to Quality Health Care.

Regional Australians attempting to access quality health care can often encounter challenges unexperienced by their city counterparts. The demand versus the more limited supply means that options can be fewer, distances travelled much greater and costs prohibitive. While access to doctors isn’t always an issue, access to specialists can be difficult. This was the issue… 

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Health Insurance Comparison Services - should you use them?

Health Insurance Comparison Services - should you use them?

A plethora of health insurance comparison services have sprung up in recent times. Probably the best known is iSelect having been active for some years. Now there are lots of comparison services available to Australians such as Comparethemarket, Choosi, HealthInsuranceComparison.com.au, HelpMeChoose.com.au, youcompare.com.au, compareinsurance, moneytime (part owned by HCF) and Canstar. You could be forgiven for… 

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Charging for public health services could help save the health system

Charging for public health services could help save the health system

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the importance of “price signals” for health services that the community has come to regard as typically “free”. The idea is that if we charge people a small “co-payment” for emergency services or bulk-billed GP visits (say around $5-$6 a visit) then this gives signals to the… 

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