Can you use your private health insurance to help you get your weight under control?

Using your cover to manage your weight

It’s no secret that maintaining a healthy weight can help you feel better, improve your quality of life and lower your risk of chronic health conditions. Yet despite the endless weight loss advice online – losing weight is no easy task.

The good news is, if you have private health insurance, you may be able to use your cover to help.

Read on to find out how Medibank might be able to help you manage your weight.

Get diet advice from an expert

If you want expert advice and support to help you manage your weight, a dietitian is a great place to start. A dietitian is qualified to provide tailored nutrition advice for many chronic conditions and can support you with services such as medical nutrition therapy, group dietary therapy and food service management.

If you have extras cover with Medibank, you may be able to claim benefits towards consultations with a dietitian up to annual limits and subject to waiting periods.

Discover delicious healthy recipes

Another great way to control what you’re eating is to plan your own meals and cook for yourself. Get inspired by checking out the array of simple, delicious healthy meal ideas available on Medibank’s Live Better recipes.

Learn to love exercise

Adopting a healthy lifestyle and exercising regularly is key to maintaining a healthy weight. If you are looking for fun social events to get your body moving, check out Medibank’s Live Better activities. Or if you are keen to get started at the gym, find out how you can save up to 25% off casual gym visits with Medibank’s gym better and 15% on your Goodlife Health Clubs’ Active Plus membership.

Get pain under control

If pain is holding you back from getting enough exercise, you could see a physiotherapist. A physio can provide treatment aimed to relieve the pain, as well as teaching you how to look after yourself and prevent future injuries.

Depending on your level of health cover, and whether you have extras, your private health insurance might be able to help with costs associated with your treatment. By choosing a Members’ Choice provider, most extras policies allow eligible Medibank members to claim between 55-100% of the total bill for included services, provided it is included in your cover, up to your annual limit and subject to any waiting periods. You can check your remaining limits and submit a claim by logging into My Medibank or using the My Medibank app. You can also find your nearest Members’ Choice provider here.

Health and wellness advice and inspiration

If expert health and wellness information and inspiration is what you’re after – visit Medibank’s Live Better. Whether you’re after exercise and wellness guides, healthy recipes, expert health information or online courses, we’ve got you covered.

Chat to a health expert

If you have any questions about your health in general, Medibank members with hospital cover can call the 24/7 Medibank Nurse Phone Service on 1800 644 325 to speak to one of our experienced Medibank nurses. All OSHC members can contact the Student Health and Support Line on 1800 887 283.

For more information, or to check that you have the best cover for you, talk to our team on 134 190 or chat to our friendly staff online 24/7 for advice and help with your health cover.