Annually on the 1st of April, health fund premiums increase for anyone who has such a cover. Premium rises have in the past been above CPI and has done so for years and year. Resulting in people dropping out of private health cover. In response, the Government has put caps on increases.
To learn more about premium rises visit health.gov.au The increase has to be approved by the Government of the day.
Corona Virus Pandemic has seen some companies differ rises and some cancel the increases for the year.
With the pandemic, not many services were available and elective procedures were cancelled. Resulting in health funds paying out less as evidenced in APRA quarterly report.
XHP allows you to be the decision-maker when it comes to increasing your contributions. The only condition imposed by XHP is that the minimum amount is $5 per day.
This flexibility allows you to adapt to your lifestyle needs. Do yourself a favour, if you would like to save money join XHP
How much did your premiums increase by. The rate of increase varies between the various insurnace providers.
In Betty’s case she has combined hospital and extras cover, she received a letter to say her premiums were going up $7.14 per week or $371.28 for the year. Her family missed out on twice a year dental visit due to the pandemic restrictions and will never see the daylight of those lost funds of the visit.
What if the premium increases of the extras cover was paid into to XHP account.
She would not lose her money there by getting better value out of her investments for her families extras health cover and a reduction of financial presssure on her families budget.
For better value Extras cover that is not only Covid proof
Sing up and Save → button → link to https://app.xhp.com.au/member/register
However, you must consider that some health funds extras cover may change their offering or limits, in which case you may be better off with private health insurance extras cover. It would be in their offer document.
Information provided is General Information only. Your personal circumstances have not been considered and do not constitute financial, legal, accounting or tax advice. Past performance is not indicative of future performance. Information used here is based on assumptions as above and as having occurred in the past, is not a future forecast. Account balance calculation is based on no spend for health with either PHI or XHP. The return for health insurance assumes no claim on a health insurance policy over the relevant period. No value has been attributed to holding a health insurance policy in the relevant period however it may be desirable to hold health insurance based on your personal circumstances.
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Xtras Health Plan Savings Scheme (Xtras) is not an insurance policy and you should consider your personal circumstances before deciding whether to open an account. Funds deposited to an account will not be eligible for a private health insurance rebate. Xtras may be considered as a replacement for or to act supplementary to private health insurance depending on your personal circumstances. Xtras Health Plan Ltd does not warrant that Xtras is suitable for your personal circumstances and you should consider your health and financial needs before deciding whether to open an account. There is a risk that you may have insufficient funds in your account to meet the costs of health treatment depending on the treatment required and amount deposited to your account.