Private Health Cover gives you a Choice

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There is a campaign by some public hospitals to pressure patients to declare their private health insurance without providing the benefits that private health cover can offer.

This is a grab for cash by the public hospital sector.

The national Medicare agreement entitles every Australian to free healthcare in a public hospital, and it is everyone’s right to expect free treatment, if they choose.

If someone opts to be treated as a private patient in a public hospital, they should be assured that they are going to receive a benefit for using their private health insurance.

You have a choice.

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Consumers and Private Health Funds Working Together for Better Health Outcomes

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Private Healthcare Australia is working with consumer groups around Australia to help improve health outcomes for patients.

After a series of meetings the groups have a number of agreed goals:
* consumers and private health insurers want choice, value for money and high quality healthcare services;
* keeping private health insurance affordable;
* and better use of the community’s healthcare dollar.

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Dental Benefits Increased by 7.6% per person in 2012-13

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More than half of the General Treatment Cover benefits paid by private health insurance funds on behalf of their members are for dental services. In 2013 Private Health Funds paid a total of $16.15 billion of behalf of members, $4.14 billion for General treatment Cover of which $2.14 billion was paid for dental treatments.

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Finding the best health provider

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Australian data shows that healthcare outcomes around Australia can vary significantly, depending on the hospital and on the provider. Variations in the method of care, infection rates and health outcomes cannot always be explained by differences in patient illness or patient preference. Some hospitals and providers would appear to provide better care for certain conditions than other hospitals and providers.

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Ovarian Cancer Australia’s Teal Ribbon Day

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Ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cancer diagnosed in Australian women. About 1,400 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, representing an increase since 1982 of 47%, likely due to an ageing population.

Teal Ribbon Day on 26 February is designed to raise awareness of Ovarian Cancer.

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