When should you consider Silver health insurance?
Silver health insurance may be suitable for you if you want a wide range of services included in your cover, or if you have certain pre-existing conditions.
Silver cover includes, among other things, heart and vascular services, reconstructive surgery (when medically necessary) and lung and chest services. It may meet your needs if you have a history of heart or lung issues, or if you need reconstructive surgery following a bout of breast or skin cancer in the future. Keep in mind if you have a pre-existing condition, there is a 12 month waiting period, which means you need to have cover that includes these services at least a year before you can claim for them.
And remember, it’s good to check through the list of services included in Gold cover to make sure there isn’t anything else you might need included in your cover.
When should you should consider Bronze health insurance?
Bronze health insurance may be suitable for you if you want a lower cost option that covers a wide range of common services, including gastrointestinal endoscopy (like colonoscopies) and cancer treatments (like chemotherapy). It may also be suitable for young families looking for cover that includes common procedures for kids, like tonsil or grommet procedures. Keep in mind that a 12 month waiting period applies for any pre-existing health conditions.
If you’re looking for a lower cost option but want a few more services included, Bronze Plus cover options may be right for you.
And while Bronze and Bronze Plus covers offer a broad set of services, it’s still a good idea to compare them with Gold and Silver covers to ensure there are no other services you might need, like pregnancy and birth, or heart and vascular services.
When should you consider Basic health insurance?
If you’re young and healthy, Basic health insurance could be right for you. However, you should carefully consider which services are included, and familiarise yourself with any Restricted Services before making a decision. Restricted Services mean that if you choose to be treated in a private hospital, the benefits paid will not cover all hospital costs and are likely to result in significant out-of-pocket expenses.
Basic cover may be suitable for you if you are earning over $90,000 as a single (or $180,000 as a couple*) a year and you want a lower cost cover to help you avoid paying the Medicare Levy Surcharge.
It might also be suitable if you want cover that is designed to look after you if you have an accident. Medibank Basic Accident and Ambulance cover gives you the benefits of our Gold hospital cover if you have an Accident**.
When considering Basic cover, it is worth having a read through the list of services included under Bronze, Silver and Gold covers to make sure you’re not missing out on something you might need, such as joint reconstructions or dental surgery.
If you’re looking for cover with a few more services included, but don’t want the expense of a Bronze cover, a Basic Plus cover might be right for you. These include products Medibank has designed especially for young, healthy people, like Medibank Basic Plus Healthy Start, which includes joint reconstructions, dental surgery and appendix removal.
Other things to consider when choosing or reviewing your health insurance
Once you’ve decided on which cover is right for you, it’s worth considering the extra things your health insurer provides that can make a difference, from helping you with your health goals, to value on your extras insurance, or support when going to hospital.
For example, Medibank members with hospital cover can call our 24/7 Medibank Nurse phone service to discuss their health concerns at any time of the day or night. We're also providing Medibank at Home programs that allow eligible members, with their doctor’s support, to receive rehabilitation care from the comfort of their own home, and trialing, chemo, dialysis and palliative care~.
I’m an existing Medibank member. How do the new classifications affect my cover?
Existing Medibank members’ products will be categorised into Gold, Silver, Bronze or Basic health insurance, progressively up until April 2020.
If you’re a Medibank member, your policy name will change. The services included in your cover may also change so that it fits into one of the new classifications. If your cover is changing, we’ll be in touch well beforehand to let you know which services are being added or removed.
During this time, we’ll be encouraging members to review their cover, to ensure they’re still on the right cover for their health needs. And while these changes may deliver some short term challenges, we believe it will help to make health insurance easier to understand and compare for all Australians.
Gold, Silver, Bronze and Basic health insurance is just one of the reforms Medibank is rolling out to make health insurance easier to understand. And we’re giving our customers even more -- find out about the changes we’re making to give members better value, personalised support and more choice.