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Why paying full rate for private rooms is good for the public health system

Why paying full rate for private rooms is good for the public health system

Westfund is committed to supporting the public health system by paying the full rate for private rooms used by our members in public hospitals. Recent media reports seem to suggest that some “for profit” funds are putting public hospitals under pressure by refusing to pay the full day rate for private rooms. It’s worth noting… 

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Electing to be treated as a public patient. Remember, it’s your call.

Electing to be treated as a public patient. Remember, it’s your call.

Many people simply don’t realise that when you have private health cover for yourself or your family you are still entitled to be treated as public patient in a public hospital if that is your preference. The choice is entirely yours.At Westfund we regularly hear stories about public hospital admission managers who make assumptions about… 

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Limiting free public hospital care to low income earners

Limiting free public hospital care to low income earners

Concerns about the sustainability of our current model for funding health services generate plenty of newspaper column inches. This really come as no surprise to those of us who have watched these medical funding dilemmas play out in other countries. The USA experience is particularly relevant because many of the problems there related to managed… 

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Big Switch or Big Swindle? Either way it's buyer beware.

Big Switch or Big Swindle? Either way it's buyer beware.

“The Big Switch” is a promotion – being driven primarily via one media outlet – that encourages consumers of health insurance to sign up to the prospect of a better deal via the bargaining strength of “people power”. It has literally been making headlines for the past month, the latest of which was splashed across… 

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Making health insurance more attractive

Making health insurance more attractive

Health funds bleating on about the risks to the health system of political decisions that make private health insurance less attractive are often dismissed as transparently self-serving. But consider the facts. This next round of federal policy changes will clearly make private health cover less attractive for Australians and there are no policy concessions being… 

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