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On April 1, health insurance premiums will rise across the board in Australia. This year, the average price hike is estimated at 3.95% per per cent which works out to well over $200 per year for families. However, some premiums are going up more than others which can result in forking out significantly more. Here are the average increases for each insurer in Australia.


After 900 failed attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (that number may be a little off, it's been a long year), US President Trump took two actions yesterday that could destroy insurance markets. US citizens will still be able to buy an "Obamacare" plan for next year and their current insurance will still work. But this portends some very bad news.


You may have heard people suggesting that if you want to be sure you'll have birth control for the next four years, you should book your IUD insertion appointment now. You may not have considered an implant when choosing your birth control, but don't dismiss the idea out of hand.


I had Cancer 17 years ago, treatment went perfectly and I have been clear since. However, now it seems impossible for me to get life or accident insurance, which leaves a big burden for my family if something should happen to me. Is there any way I can get life insurance? I have had letters from doctors, but I always end up rejected on applications. Thanks, David


The lead up to June 30 means doing a lot of things you wouldn't normally do. You rummage for receipts, you use a calculator for the first time since year 12 and for one in five uninsured Australians, you start to think about the tax benefits of private health insurance.


If you're planning to boost your bra size via cosmetic surgery, make sure you opt for smooth, non-textured implants. That's the take-home message from a new Australian study that compared bacterial buildups on different types of breast implant. It found that implants with a textured surface have a far higher chance of developing biofilm coatings. On the downside, smooth implants have a higher chance of flipping upside down.


Today, the International Diabetes Federation released the latest edition of its Diabetes Atlas, which has thrown up some deeply troubling statistics about the disease in Australia and abroad. Here are five facts that explain why the disease has the potential to bankrupt Australia's health system and lead to hundreds of thousands of premature deaths.


Private health care members in Australia pay around one fifth of their total health care expenditure, a new investigation by CHOICE has revealed. This is the highest contribution in the English speaking world and may be causing customers to downgrade their health insurance due to recent price hikes.


The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released its 2012 annual report detailing the anti-competitive practices of health funds in relation to private health insurance. Surprise, surprise: the allied healthcare providers recognised by insurers aren't always based solely on clinical assessments.