A recent survey by Galaxy Research from November 2016 of 1,122 Australian household decision maker attitudes towards new year financial resolutions found that 59% of respondents were looking to get better with their budgeting.
So now that 2017 is well under way It is a perfect time to sort your health cover before your savings resolution becomes a distant memory. Plus, who wants to cut down on the fun things when you could save on health insurance like a family from Mount Low? We help them find und a health policy better suited to their needs with higher level of cover and benefits and saved a whopping $91 per month!
Having the right policy is vital, otherwise you could end up not being covered for what you really need, or paying for cover you're unlikely to use - such as pregnancy. So read up on our hot tips and have peace of mind with a better value health policy.
#1 Review your policy to ensure it suits your current needs.
When your life stage or circumstances change, it's important to make sure you still have the right cover. For example, you wouldn't want to be a 25 year old covered for dentures, a grandmother insured for IVF, or paying for pregnancy cover when your baby making days are over.
# 2 Payment Discounts
Some providers offer a discount for paying by direct debit rather than credit card. If you're in the position to do so, you may be able to save by paying the cost of your annual premium up front.
#3 Protection of Waiting Periods
Many people think that by changing policy or provider they'll need to re-serve their hospital benefit waiting periods, but this simply isn't true. Changing your health insurance policy is easy. Any hospital benefit waiting periods you've already served on your current policy are protected by law when switching to the same or lower level of cover.
Waiting periods are protected
#4 Compare Health Funds
It's worth having us compare for you as a health insurance expert, as like-for-like costs can vary significantly between different funds. Plus who wants to spend hours searching online for a health policy, when you could be searching for last minute Christmas gifts? At Heart, our service is free to customers and you'll pay the same price as going direct to the fund.~
#5 The government could cover a large portion of your hospital policy cost
The private health insurance rebate is available to Australian or permanent residents with a Medicare Card who earn under a certain income as a single or household. It can be claimed when buying health insurance to reduce the cost of your premium, or as a tax rebate when lodging your tax return.
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