About Health Insurance
- Why get Health Insurance?
- Top 6 Reasons You'll do better with iSelect
- Are you paying too much on Health Insurance?
- 5 Health Insurance hot tips
- A better way to buy health insurance
- Lifetime Health Cover Explained
- Compare your Health Insurance options with iSelect
- Health Insurance Information
- Life Stages
- Participating Health funds
- Joining a health Fund
- Means Testing
Health Insurance & Tax
- Saving tax on health insurance
- Save up to 30%
- About Medicare Levy Surcharge (MLS)
- Australian Government Rebate
- Health Insurance Premium Rate Rise
- Hospital & Extras cover
- In this Section
- 5 Private Health Insurance Hot Tips
- How to Save on Health Insurance
- Why get Private Health Insurance?
- Seven Top Tips On Health Insurance
- How do I Select Private Health Insurance?
- What is Loading?
- A Better Way to Buy Health Insurance
- Lifetime Health Cover - Please Explain?!
- Can I Switch Funds?
- Compare Participating Health Funds
- What is the difference between Hospital & Extras Cover?
- Private Health Insurance & Tax
- Save Tax on Health Insurance
- About the Medicare Levy Surcharge
- Hospital & Extras Cover
- What is Hospital Cover?
- What is Extras Cover?
Buy Health Insurance the better way
Many people are unsure as to whether they should stay in the public system or purchase private cover. But when people move from being single to a family situation, private health insurance can often be high on their shopping list.
Each ‘life stage’ is filled with its own health challenges and getting the most appropriate cover for your particular situation is difficult without getting the right advice.
Furthermore, part of the rise in demand for people taking out private health insurance is due to the ‘age loading’ penalties - if you're over 31, the Government adds a loading of 2% to your annual premium for each year you're uninsured.
On the tax front, for 2012–2013 if you’re single and earning over $84,000, the Government may add an additional 1% tax through the Medicare Levy Surcharge (MLS). For singles, the MLS will increase to 1.25% if you earn over $97,000 and 1.5% if you earn over $130,000.
iSelect helps you compare a range of policies from its participating health funds, helping to put you in control of your purchase. It offers a free online and over-the-phone advice and policy comparison service.
Use iSelect to Compare Health Insurance
iSelect helps take the mystery out of Private Health Insurance. iSelect helps you compare a range of policy combinations from participating health funds, plus you're getting choices and advice on what's available for your life stage, individual circumstances, needs and budget. Through using iSelect, you may be able to save on the cost of your health insurance.
There are great deals out there so don't be afraid of changing health funds. If you change funds to a similar level of cover, you will not be required to re-serve those waiting periods with the new fund in most cases.
People often don't change health funds because they falsely believe they'll have to go through a new waiting period. But legislation governing health funds guarantees that if you switch to another fund with the same level of cover, you will get continuity of cover.
Review your extras
Many consumers opt for hospital cover as well as ancillary cover for dentistry, physiotherapy, optical requirements and others. There is a wide variation between funds on what you'll get back, so make sure that your cover is competitive.
Tailor-make your policy
You need to work out what ’life stage’ you're at. At iSelect, we suggest that there are five broad life stages. For example, if you're young you may not want hip replacement, if you're an empty-nester you probably won't require birth cover, or if you're 40-plus then major dental is probably on the cards. Look at your family history, and tune your policy accordingly. Also by paying a higher excess you can cut your premiums.
Don't pay the Taxman
Beware if you're moving up the income scale you may be paying extra tax through the MLS.
For example if you’re single with a taxable income over $84,000 ($168,000 for couples, families and single parents), it’s likely you will be exposed to a 1% Medicare Levy Surcharge if you do not have private hospital cover.
The MLS will increase to 1.25% if you earn over $97,000 ($194,000 for couples, families and single parents) and 1.5% if you earn over $130,000 ($260,000 for couples, families and single parents).
So for many high income earners, it’s worth taking out hospital cover rather than paying the MLS.
iSelect - a better way to buy private health insurance
Compare, select and save from a great range of competitive options matched to your needs and budget.