Australian Unity to return further COVID-19 savings to health insurance members
Wellbeing company Australian Unity today announced plans to defer implementation of its 2023 premium increase as part of its ongoing COVID-19 support measures.
Australian Unity Health Limited Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Windsor said the planned deferral acknowledges the impact of COVID-19 on health insurance members’ access to some health services.
“We plan to defer the implementation of the 2023 premium increase by seven months from 1 April 2023 to 1 November 2023,” Ms Windsor said.
“We are committed to the wellbeing of our members, and we have already provided a range of COVID-19 relief and support measures to date.
“The support has included providing premium relief to health insurance members experiencing hardship, ensuring they were able to continue their health cover during the pandemic.”
Australian Unity’s COVID-19 related support to health insurance members has also included a range of initiatives to support their health and wellbeing, such as:
- a six-month deferral of the 2020 premium increase,
- a lower than industry average premium increase in 2021,
- return of claim savings by way of five premium-free days in 2021,
- a range of ancillary (extras) product initiatives,
- cover for COVID-19 related hospital admissions, and
- recognition of telehealth consultations as a feature of ancillary policies—now a permanent feature for Australian Unity health insurance members.
Australian Unity will notify members of how the planned deferral will impact them.
About Australian Unity
Established in 1840, Australian Unity is a member-owned wellbeing company with 260,000 members and more than 700,000 customers. Our range of health, wealth and care products and services provides member, customer and community value that is supportive of personal and community wellbeing. www.australianunity.com.au