Silver Plus

Hospital and Extras

Offers all the advantages of our Silver cover paired with access to additional extras such as orthodontia and higher benefits on physiotherapy and chiropractic.

Download the Silver Plus Policy Summary

  • from $40.48* for singles
  • from $80.95* for couples or families
* per week. Based on NSW prices, claiming base tier Aust. Gov. rebate for under 65 and no Lifetime Health Cover loading.
Prices effective 1 April 2017.

Excess^: $250 per adult per calendar year

^ Excess does not apply to hospitalisations due to an accident, same day procedures or for dependants. Get a quote Join Online

What's included

Mid Level Hospital Cover

Mid-level hospital cover with some exclusions and restrictions. An excess applies.

Mid level extras

All the extras benefits of our Silver cover with even more included like orthodontia.

Ambulance Cover

Ambulance cover included as part of this plan.

Member Advantages

Access to a great range of our Westfund Member Advantages, including our Accident Benefit, Accommodation Benefit, and much more.

Hospital Cover

You're covered for

Westfund will pay towards your theatre fees, hospital accommodation and prosthetics costs when you are admitted to a contracted hospital for procedures that are included under your policy.

While this isn’t a complete list of the procedures covered under your policy, we recommend you contact us prior to any admissions to hospital or refer to the Policy Summary.

  • Appendicitis (Appendectomy)
  • Tonsillitis (Tonsillectomy)
  • Hospitalisation for Cancer Treatment
  • Surgical extraction of wisdom teeth
  • Surgical treatment of a hernia
  • Minor Gynaecological procedures (excluding IVF)
  • Colonoscopies
  • Gastroscopies
  • Removal of kidney and gall stones
  • Dialysis for chronic renal failure
  • Obstetrics
  • Sterilisation
  • Spinal fusion

You're partially covered for

The listed procedures have ‘restricted’ cover if you are admitted to a Private Hospital – meaning we will only pay up to the public hospital shared room accommodation rate.

Significant out of pocket expenses may apply for admissions into a Private Hospital.

  • Psychiatric Care

You're not covered for

No cover is provided for procedures for which Medicare pays no benefit (non-therapeutic cosmetic surgery), if disallowed by the Private Health Insurance Act 2007 or if listed as an exclusion on the policy.

You can still be treated as a Medicare patient in a Public Hospital for these exclusions.

Exclusions

  • Cataract surgery and intraocular lens insertion
  • Obesity surgery and lipectomy
  • Assisted reproductive services
  • Hip replacement
  • Knee replacements

There are no co-payments and no benefit limitation periods on Silver Plus

Hospital Waiting Periods

When you switch health funds, we will guarantee continuity of cover for the benefits included in your previous cover. This applies only to the benefits you were entitled to under your previous cover, as long as these benefits are included under your new Westfund cover.

Accident Related One day
Psychiatric, Rehabilitation and Palliative Care Two months
Obstetrics-related services One year
Treatment of a Pre-existing Condition*
One year

* A pre-existing condition is an illness or condition for which, in the opinion of a medical practitioner appointed by Westfund, signs or symptoms existed during the 6 months before the date you joined Westfund or upgraded to a higher level of cover. A 12 month waiting period applies to all new Members for hospital costs relating to the treatment of pre-existing conditions.

More about Hospital Cover

Westfund has contracts with numerous private hospitals throughout Australia covering theatre fees and hospital accommodation costs for most procedures. Hospital policies do not provide cover for treatment for which Medicare pays no benefit eg. Non-Therapeutic Cosmetic Surgery, or if disallowed by the Private Health Insurance Act 2007.

Where no contract exists with a private hospital, benefits are payable at a default rate determined by the Government. In these cases, out of pocket expenses may be incurred.

We recommend that members check with us prior to admission to hospital to ensure they are covered.

As a private patient in a public hospital, you will receive cover for accommodation and your choice of doctor from doctors with a right to practice at that hospital.

Westfund will pay benefits for surgically implanted prostheses up to the approved benefits in the Government's Prostheses List and in accordance with the requirements of the Act.

More about Medical Cover

Westfund pays benefits for the fees charged by a doctor, surgeon, other specialist services, including pathology and radiology, while you are in hospital. Medicare pays 75% of the Commonwealth Medical Benefits Schedule (CMBS) fee and Westfund pays the additional 25% up to the CMBS fee. Where the fees charged exceed the CMBS fee, Westfund will pay an additional benefit to reduce or eliminate out of pocket expenses where the doctor or specialist participates in our Access Gap Scheme.

Our Access Gap Scheme allows patients with hospital cover to eliminate or reduce out of pocket expenses for medical gap payments for in-patient hospital treatments. Westfund does not pay an amount charged by your doctor above the CMBS fees unless your doctor agrees to participate in the Access Gap Scheme. If a doctor does not use the Access Gap Scheme, patients will be responsible for any additional charges. Doctors are independent of Westfund and each doctor can choose on a case by case basis whether to participate in the Access Gap Scheme.

No benefits are paid for non-therapeutic cosmetic surgery.

Extras Cover

What's included

General and Major Dental

General Dental
No annual or lifetime limit on General Dental like checkups, cleans and fillings.

Major Dental
$1,125 per member per calendar year to use on major dental treatment like crowns, bridges, implants and veneers.

Specialist Dental
No annual or lifetime limit

General Dental Rebates
Dental Services Maximum rebate per service
Examination up to $30
Simple extraction up to $80
Plaque removal up to $25
Calculus removal up to $55
Small filling up to $57
Medium filling up to $86
Large filling up to $120
Root canal up to $122
Mouth guard up to $75 per member
per calendar year
Full Dentures up to $781.50
Full Crown up to $750
Orthodontics

$500 per member per policy year to use on orthodontics completed by a registered orthodontist with a maximum accrued lifetime benefit of $2,500.

$240 per member per policy year to use on orthodontics completed by a general dentist with a maximum accrued lifetime benefit of $1200.

Optical

$250 per member per calendar year with sub-limits listed below.

Optical Rebates and Sublimits
Type Sublimit per calendar year
Frame $80
Single vision lenses $100
Bifocal lenses $250
Multifocal lenses $250
Contact Lenses $250
Chiropractic and Osteopathy

Annual limit shared between all members on the policy

  • $300 per calendar year for singles
  • $600 per calendar year for couples or families
Chiro and Osteo Rebates
Type Rebate per service
Chiropractic $30
Chiropractic x-ray $35
Osteopathic $30
Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology

Annual limit shared between all members on the policy

  • $300 per calendar year for singles
  • $600 per calendar year for couples or families
Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology Rebates
Type Rebate per service
Physiotherapy $30
Exercise Physiology $30
Group Exercise Physiology $10
Group/Class Physiotherapy $10
Complementary Therapies

Includes services such as Massage, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbalism, Dietetics, Naturopathy, Podiatry, Psychology, Speech Therapy

Annual limit shared between all members on the policy

  • $500 per calendar year for singles
  • $1000 per calendar year for couples or families
Complimentary Therapies Sublimits and Rebates
Type Rebate per service Single sublimits
per calendar year
Family or couple sublimits
per calendar year
Massage Therapies
(Remedial, Bowen Therapy, Aromatherapy, Myotherapy, Alexander Technique and Kinesiology)
$25 $150 $300
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbalism $25 $150 $300
Dietetics/Nutrition $25 $150 $300
Home Nursing - up to 6 hours / over 6 hours $12 / $48 $150 $300
Naturopathy and Homeopathy $25 $150 $300
Occupational Therapy $25 $150 $300
Orthoptics $25 $150 $300
Podiatry $25 $150 $300
Clinical Psychology $50 $150 $300
Speech Therapy - Initial / Subsequent $48 / $36 $300 $588
Prescriptions/Vaccinations and Injections

$50 per prescription for the amount that exceeds the standard PBS co-payment.
Annual limit of $400 per member per calendar year.

Prevention and Health Management

Health Management Benefits are for members with a chronic disease, such as diabetes, to have access to programmes that are intended to improve a specific health condition.

Preventative health tests provide members assistance in the prevention of chronic disease.

Items such as Gym Classes, Weight Loss Programs, Pilates, Yoga, Vitamins etc.

Prevention and Health Management Policy Limits
Service Single Policy Limit Couple or Family Policy Limit
Fitness Centre
Yoga
Vitamins
Omega 3
Weight Loss Programs
Virtual Gastric Banding
Pilates Centre
Swimming Lessons/Training for children under 18
$75 $150
Antenatal Classes and pre-postnatal consultations (12 month waiting) $120 lifetime limit

Prevention and Health Management Member Limits
Service Benefit per member
Preventative Health Tests
Mole Scanning, Bowel Testing Kits, Bone Density Tests, Mammograms, Thin Prep Pap Test, Calcium Score
$30 per calendar year
Hypnotherapy for Quit Smoking $250 lifetime limit
Ear and Eye Preventative Health Checks
Audiology test, Optical Coherence Tomography, Retinal Photography
$40 per calendar year
Chronic Disease Association Fees $30 per calendar year
$60 per policy limit
Non-surgically Implanted Prostheses

No overall limit see sub-limits listed below. A letter of recommendation is required from a practitioner in some instances.

Non Surgically Implanted Prostheses Limits
Health Aid or Appliance Sublimit per member Letter of recommendation required Letter valid for
Blood Glucose Monitor $100 per calendar year No  
Blood Pressure Monitor $150 per calendar year No  
Burn Suits $800 per calendar year Yes 12 months
Mammary Prostheses and Brassieres $225 per calendar year Yes (unless relevant hospitalisation recorded) Lifetime
Nebuliser $110 calendar year No  
Custom made orthopaedic boots $200 per calendar year Yes (unless provided by a physiotherapist or podiatrist) 12 months
Custom made / preformed orthotics $200 per calendar year Yes (unless provided by a physiotherapist or podiatrist) 12 months
Peak Flow Meter $35 per calendar year No  
Compression Garments $120 per calendar year No  
ISC Compression Calf Garments No  
Braces Yes 12 months
INR Monitor $200 every two years Yes Lifetime
Wigs $150 every calendar year Yes (unless relevant hospitalisation recorded) Lifetime

Ambulance Cover

Unlimited medically necessary emergency ambulance transport
1 day waiting period

Up to $5,000 per member per calendar year for non-emergency transport
(eg. Hospital to Hospital transfer)
2 month waiting period

We're easy to deal with

Our Care Centres are in regional locations so you can talk to someone in person, give our friendly staff a call or use our online services. 

No excess for kids or in an accident

For peace of mind if something unexpected should happen.

We're not for profit

We’re here for our members. We’re returning approx. $3.5 million to eligible Gold and Platinum members in 2017. 

We're for regional Australians

Just like you, we work and live in regional Australia, so we understand what’s important to you.

 

Westfund Member Advantages

There's amazing benefits you'll receive because you choose Westfund.

  • No Excess for day surgery, kids or in an accident

    Unlike many other funds, we don’t apply an excess* on any claim for day surgery, kids or hospitalisation resulting from an accident.
    * may apply within 12 months of transferring from another fund. Standard hospital waiting periods apply.

  • Accident Benefit

    We'll pay you an additional payment of $100 per night if you're hospitalised as the result of an accident.
    Available after 1 day

  • Sunglasses Benefit

    Receive $50 per member per calendar year for sunglasses bought from any Westfund Care Centre.
    Available after 1 year

  • Accommodation Benefit

    Up to $80 per night for accommodation expenses, up to $320 a year per policy.
    Available after 2 years

  • Forced Retrenchment Benefit

    We’ll waive your premiums for up to 6 months if you’re made redundant.
    Available after 3 years

  • Protected Industrial Action

    We’ll waive your premiums for up to 6 months due to union strike.
    Available after 3 years

  • Westfund Dental and Eyecare

    Higher per item benefits at Westfund Dental Care Practices than at other providers.
    Additional benefit of $50 per member to use on out of pocket costs associated with purchasing prescription glasses or contacts at Westfund Eye Care Practices. This amount will accrue up to $100 if no optical claims are made.
    Available after 2 months

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