As part of the Australian Government’s private health insurance reforms, health funds can now offer a discount of up to 10% to members aged 18 to 29.
The objective of this initiative is to make private health insurance more affordable for young Australians and increase their ability to access private hospital services.
This discount is voluntary and not all health funds have chosen to adopt this scheme. At Doctors’ Health Fund, we support this new initiative and have made this discount available on all our hospital covers.
The discount will range between 2% and 10% per annum; depending on the age of the person at the time of joining Doctors’ Health Fund as per the table below. If you are already a member of Doctors’ Health Fund, your discount is determined by the age you were on 1 April 2019 or for new members, it’s your age when you take out cover for the first time after 1 April 2019.
For couples and family policies, the discount will apply individually to the two adults on the policy.
Members will retain their discount until they turn 41, after which time it reduces at a rate of 2% per annum until they turn 45. The discount is applied to the hospital cover only, not extras, and is separate to any other discounts or rebates.
Here are some example of how the discount is applied in different circumstances: