Gold Cover policies are pretty awesome, offering more protection than any other type of Hospital Cover. In fact, they sit at the very top of the ‘tier system’ that the Aussie Government introduced in 20191, and as a result you may hear Gold Cover also referred to as ‘top cover’. With Gold, you’ll get coverage for more in-hospital treatments than Basic, Bronze or Silver policies.2
|✔️ Covers you for more medical treatments than other tiers of Hospital Cover.3||❌ Typically costs more than other tiers of Hospital Cover.4|
|✔️ Ensures unrestricted cover for every category of in-hospital treatment.5||❌ Like other levels of Hospital Cover, it won’t insure you for ‘extras’ like general dental services or chiropractic visits.|
|✔️ Some Gold policies offer nil excess for same day treatments.6||❌ Will usually involve out-of-pocket expenses in the form of an excess.|
Like all Hospital Cover policies, Gold Cover helps cover your medical costs when you’re admitted to hospital as a private patient. It also gives you greater ability to choose your own doctor and hospital.7
But wait—if all Hospital Insurance gives you this kind of coverage, then why does Gold Cover get to sit atop the podium? Put simply, it’s because gold policies have to cover you for every clinical category of treatment. This includes certain things8 that are only optional for the other tiers such as:
Gold Cover also insures you for every kind of medical treatment that the lower product tiers cover. This means you’ll also be covered for the digestive system, the back, neck and spine, cancer treatments, in fact, it covers you for all 38 clinical categories of treatment. It’s the bells and whistles of hospital cover!
Whether or not Gold Cover is a good fit for you comes down to a whole bunch of factors. It’s about what you want (and need!) out of your insurance. And since every person’s circumstances are so unique, it’s tricky to give a one-size-fits-all answer.
That being said, there are some people who are more likely to find Gold Cover suitable. They can include:
Of course, even people who don’t fall into these categories may find Gold Cover useful. One of the best ways to determine if it’s a good match or not is to simply think about whether you’ll ever need medical treatment for the additional conditions it covers, or simply prefer to have the peace of mind.
But if you don’t think you’ll need them (or if you’re fine with getting treatment as a public patient), then a lower product tier might be worth considering.
There certainly is! While you don’t have as much wriggle room here as you might for, say, Car Insurance, most insurers will still provide some options that can help reduce your premiums. Some ways to save might include:
Even if your Gold Cover costs a bit more than other policies, these little strategies can quickly add up and help your money go even further than usual.
Gold Cover has the same maximum limits for waiting periods as other hospital policies. A waiting period refers to how long you have to hold a policy before you can claim for certain conditions. For Hospital Cover, the legal requirements13 are no more than:
Insurers can technically offer shorter waiting periods, but it’s honestly quite rare to find a policy that doesn’t apply the maximum limits. Most insurers—big and small—are the same on this front.
Because Gold policies cover you for more, they also generally cost you more too. And while you might be paying higher premiums, you don’t want to be paying more than you need to for Gold cover.
Like with most things, it helps to do your research when you're looking for Gold Cover. But doing so doesn't have to be a slog. Comparing policies can be quick and easy with the right approach.
That's where iSelect can help. You can compare Health Insurance policies (including Gold Cover!) from a range of providers with our online comparison tool. So give it a spin if you're ready to try and find a great deal—or give our friendly team a call on 1800 784 772.
1 Australian Government | Department of Health and Aged Care - Private health insurance reforms
2 PrivateHealth.gov.au - Product Tiers
3 As above
4 PrivateHealth.gov.au - Managing your policy
5 PrivateHealth.gov.au - Product Tiers
6 HCF - Hospital Premium Gold & Mid Extras Product Summary
7 PrivateHealth.gov.au - What is covered by private health insurance?
8 Australian Government | Department of Health and Aged Care - Private health insurance reforms | Gold, Silver, Bronze, Basic product tiers | Campaign fact sheet (Page 2)
9 Healthdirect - Cataracts
10 Healthdirect.gov.au - Chronic kidney disease
11 Australian Government | Department of Aged Care – Private health insurance reforms
12 nib - Payments
13 Commonwealth Ombudsman | Private Health Ombudsman - Waiting periods for private health insurance (Page 2)
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