Community is a priority

Eye care staff at Orange Westfund Eye Care Centre

After more than 25 years serving the Orange region, Westfund Health Insurance assures members of its continuing commitment to regional communities into the future.

“At Westfund, we pride ourselves on being regionally-founded and based, not-for-profit and devoted to our members,” Westfund’s chief operations officer Jon Goodgame said.

“Having a physical presence and commitment to our members in Orange is important to us.

“Being able to employ local professionals with valuable experience in private health insurance, as well the clinical expertise offered by our Eye Care Centre, presents us with a great opportunity to contribute to the Orange community in a tangible way.” Westfund was founded in Lithgow, where its head office operations are still located, and has been offering private health insurance since 1953.

Throughout those six decades, Westfund has established a long-term presence across the regional area of NSW and Queensland with physical care centres presence in 12 locations across the two states.

With more than six decades devoted to communities across regional NSW and Queensland, Westfund has grown consistently and recently celebrated a major milestone by passing 50,000 memberships (insuring almost 107,000 lives).

Westfund opened in Orange in 1994 and now looks after more than 2709 local memberships covering 7100 local lives. In the past 12 months, Westfund has paid almost $10 million in member benefits to members across the greater Orange region – including $5.2 million in hospital-related benefits.

Westfund’s commitment to supporting members and communities is demonstrated by its bi-annual Community Grants Program.

This program offers $120,000 annually to provide grants and access to life-saving defibrillators across the Westfund footprint, grants that have benefitted Orange organisations in recent times.

The program is currently taking applications for round one, with the first round boosted by $50,000 in recognition of the recent membership milestone.

This article was originally published on Central West Daily on 28 July 2020. Read the article here.

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