Health Cover Update - 2016
We understand that no one likes a price rise at any time of year. Every year health funds across Australia review their covers and adjust their prices. The cost of healthcare in Australia continues to rise and last year we paid back $686 million in claims to our members.
The annual review considers the rising cost of healthcare as Australians continue to receive the benefits of advanced medical equipment and treatment. We are committed to providing you with the best value cover possible, so it's important that our pricing reflects this ongoing investment to benefit our members.
About the price change
Have the new rates been approved?
The Australian Government approved the increase of health cover prices on 2 March 2016. In mid-March, our members will receive a letter outlining the change to their price.
Did you know you can avoid the increase by locking in your rate for up to 12 months? Hurry, offer ends Tuesday 31 March 2016. Call 13 29 39. (Conditions and exclusions apply.)
When will the new price take effect?
New prices will apply to your health cover on and from 1 April 2016. Until that time, you can pay for your health cover at the current rate.
You’ve also got the choice of locking in your current price for up 12 months until Tuesday 31 March 2016. You can also choose to lock in for 3, 6, 9, 12 months or anywhere in between. The choice is yours. (Conditions and exclusions apply.)
How much of this increase will profit shareholders?
Australian Unity is a mutual organisation, which means that we don’t answer to shareholders.
As a mutual fund with almost 175 years of history, we have always focused on delivering valuable health cover and health support programs to suit our members. Today, we're proud to be a part of Members Own Health Funds — an alliance of 15 not-for-profit and mutual health funds to deliver benefits for people, not profit.
What payment options are available to me?
We offer a range of flexible payment options to suit your needs including:
Direct Debit — set and forget payments from either your bank account or even a credit card and you’ll receive a 4% discount on your health cover.
Account notice — if you prefer to receive a paper bill from us. You can choose to receive your account either quarterly, half-yearly or yearly. You’ll enjoy a 2% discount when you pay by account notice half yearly and 4% when you pay yearly.
How can I save on my health cover?
Hurry! Freeze the increase on your cover and lock in your 2015 price.
Start saving and lock in your rate before Tuesday 31 March 2016 to guarantee you receive 2015 prices. With our flexible lock in options you can choose to lock in your rate to remain covered up to 31 March 2017. To enjoy this limited time offer, call one of our team members today on 13 29 39. (Conditions and exclusions apply.)
- You can enjoy a 4% discount on your health cover when you pay by direct debit.
- Apply for the Australian Government Rebate on Private Health Insurance.
If you earn $140,000 or less as a single or $280,000 or less as a couple or family, you're entitled to a rebate that reduces the price of your health cover.
- Reduce the price you pay on your cover by changing your excess.
You may have the option of reducing the price you pay if you increase the excess on your hospital cover. To find out more, call one of our team members.
- Make sure you're not paying for services that you may not need.
If you have finished growing your family, you could consider dropping cover for pregnancy and related services. Or if you don't think you'll need hip and knee replacements any time soon, then you could keep your costs down by choosing a cover that excludes these types of services.
How do I know if I am on the right cover to suit my healthcare needs today?
Everyone's health cover needs are different and change over time. That's why we offer a comprehensive assessment of your current needs to find the best value cover possible for you. Call us for a Right Cover Check today, so we can build the best health cover to meet your needs.
What should I do if I am finding it difficult to pay for my health cover?
If you are suffering from financial hardship, please contact us so we can discuss the options available to you.
Australian Unity and Members Own Health Funds
As a mutual fund with almost 175 years of history, we have always focused on delivering valuable health cover and health support programs to suit our members. Now, we're proud to be a part of Members Own Health Funds — an alliance of 15 not-for-profit and mutual health funds to deliver benefits for people, not profit.
We're here to help
We understand you’re busy so we’re here when you need us. Our contact centre is open 8:30am — 8:00pm, Monday to Friday and 9:00am – 5:00pm AEDT on Saturdays for the month of March.
For further information, please call us on 13 29 39 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org