Extras health cover can be great way of ensuring you’re taking care of your mind and body plus saving money on what’s important for your lifestyle. But how does it actually work? [read]
You shouldn’t believe the hype about how complicated private health cover is. In fact, we’ll show you how to avoid any rookie mistakes with these five quick tips.
Avoid rookie errors and find the best cover the first time from the start
You’ve probably heard something along the lines of “health insurance is complicated”, but it doesn’t need to be, you just need to focus on the stuff that matters to you.
While there’s definitely important information you need at your fingertips before you take out cover, it’s not as complex or scary as it sounds.
To avoid any rookie errors and ensure you get the right level of cover for you, we’ve put together a quick cheat sheet for choosing your new policy. Here are 5 tips to get you on your way.
1. Types of health insurance
There are 3 types of cover to choose from: hospital cover, extras cover, or a policy that combines both, usually called ‘hospital and extras’.
If you’re admitted to hospital, the hospital cover can help you pay the cost of your stay as a private patient. This includes payments for your accommodation, theatre fees and medical treatment you receive as an in-patient.
With extras cover (sometimes called ‘ancillary cover’ or ‘general treatment cover’) this will provide a range of benefits for services outside of hospital, such as dental, physio, chiro and optical. You’ll find that these services are generally not covered by Medicare Benefits.
Combined cover is simply a policy that includes both hospital and extras cover. Sometimes your funds will offer “packages”, others allow you to mix and match your hospital and extras.
2. You get what you pay for
The best trick to save money and unnecessary stress is to understand what you need from your health insurance now and in the future, then arrange cover that meets those needs. When you’re starting out, many people ask their older more experienced friends and family for advice, but really you want to be speaking to an independent customer service professional who understands the facts and figures.
The classic rookie error is when people automatically assume their parents health fund and cover is right for them. Nowadays, there are great comparison services out there, whose sole purpose is to help you find the best value solution for you from 100’s of policies across multiple funds.
3. Not all comparison services are the same
Going with a not-for-profit comparison service is a really smart move because it’s an extra level of peace of mind. Members Own Health Funds is reasonably new in the market, but they have already helped over 1 million Australians find better value health insurance from not-for-profit and mutual funds.
4. The difference between for-profit and not-for-profit is a much bigger deal than what you might think
As a not-for-profit and mutual group of funds, Members Own funds are here to serve all Australians, not investors or overseas shareholders.
Over the past five years our funds have returned a higher percentage of premiums to their members in benefits than the big 3 for-profit funds: Medibank/ahm, Bupa and nib. The Members Own collective provides their customers with Better Coverage, More Benefits & Happier Members.
5. Come prepared and think about your needs before price
Chances are if you’re reading this you found it by doing your own research not just believing a headline or ad. Once you’ve decided what you need from your health insurance, you then need to really understand how to get the best value and whether you’re taking out health insurance for the right reasons.
We live in a world where the internet is a brilliant place to research, but what makes Members Own unique is that they not only provide a great online comparison tool, they also have a great reputation for helping people over the phone. Check out what their customers have to say.
Like Jenn, you might even be surprised that there are not-for-profit funds out there.
The best way to ensure you’re getting the best combination of price and benefits is to compare policies and shop around. To save valuable time, you can use our online comparison service to do most of the work for you.
Or give us a call on 1300 34 34 36, and we’ll find the best health cover for you from our panel of not-for-profit and mutual health funds.