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Although there’s evidence yoga may be helpful for some medical conditions, it can no longer be claimed under private health insurance. From shutterstock.com

Going to the naturopath or a yoga class? Your private health won’t cover it

From this week, private health insurers are unable to provide rebates for 16 natural therapies. But these changes may have unintended consequences.
When you’re admitted to a public hospital, they’ll want to know if you have private health insurance. From shutterstock.com

If you’ve got private health insurance, the choice to use it in a public hospital is your own

When you enter a public hospital, you are likely to be asked if you have private health insurance, and if you want to use it. This is what you need to consider.
Australians are spending a larger proportion of their income on health insurance as premium increases outpace wage growth. The Conversation / Shutterstock

Private health insurance premium increases explained in 14 charts

Private health insurance premiums are set to rise again. These 14 charts (well, technically 10 charts and four tables) look at some of the reasons why health insurance premiums keep going up and up.
Australia’s investment in community mental-health services is subordinate to our focus on care provided by public and private hospitals. DAVID MARIUZ/AAP Image

Insurance changes not enough to drive real mental health reform

Recently announced changes to private health insurance reinforce the primacy of hospitals for mental health issues. This is despite many inquiries recommending better community mental-health care.
Going home after a total knee replacement and having regular physiotherapy means you recover just as fast as if you’d chosen to stay in hospital for your rehab. And it’s cheaper. from www.shutterstock.com

Most private patients are wasting money on costly rehab after major knee surgery

Private patients who stay in hospital for costly rehab after major knee surgery recover just as fast as people who go home and have physiotherapy. So, why pay more?
It’s basically impossible to tell the difference between various policies and levels of cover. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Is the investment in private health insurance worthwhile?

For the first time in 15 years, as premiums and complaints rise, the proportion of the population with private health insurance is declining.

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