Shared room in a public hospital
100% cover* up to the Federal Government Default Benefit
Private room in a public or private hospital
Theatre fees, including:
– procedure room
– labour ward
In-hospital medical services, including:
– specialist doctor
100% cover of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Fee
PLUS the Access Gap Cover Scheme is available to minimise any
out-of-pocket gap costs.
Surgically implanted prosthesis
100% cover for No-Gap Prosthesis List Items
* For Basic Hospital benefits, the Federal Government Default Benefit is applied. This is the amount of benefit determined by the Federal Government as the minimum amount private health insurers must pay for accommodation in public hospitals. Default Benefits are payable only towards the cost of hospital accommodation and provide no cover for other hospital charges such as labour ward or operating theatre costs. Default Benefits will not cover the full cost of treatment in private hospitals or in day hospital facilities, and you will be left with significant out-of-pocket expenses. Please call us on 1300 368 390 if you would like to know if the Default Benefit applies to any treatment you anticipate.
Basic Hospital cover does not provide any advantage in relation to public hospital waiting lists.
- Choose your own doctor and public hospital
- Access to the Federal Government Rebate as a reduced premium
- Exemption from the Medicare Levy Surcharge
- Exemption from Lifetime Health Cover penalties if joining before age 31
- Ambulance Cover for residents of NSW & ACT in these states (for other states the ambulance cover is available under the General Treatment Products)
- Accidents requiring hospital treatment, not related to a pre-existing condition – No waiting period
- Ambulance – No waiting period
- Obstetrics (pregnancy) – 12 Months
- Treatment relating to a pre-existing condition – 12 Months
- All other services – 2 Months
On joining hospital cover for the first time, waiting periods must be served before benefits will be paid. If you have upgraded your hospital cover, waiting periods will apply before the higher benefits will be paid.
What’s Not Covered?
- Surgeon’s fees for podiatric surgery
- Services for which Medicare pays no benefit e.g. cosmetic surgery & laser-eye surgery
- Services while a membership is in arrears
- Services incurred before waiting periods are served (including any service for a pre-existing condition)
- Services received as an outpatient, such as in the Emergency Department or visit to your General Practitioner/Specialist
- Services where there is an entitlement under compensation insurance
- Services claimed over 2 years after the service date
- Services provided in countries outside of Australia
If you are suffering from a medical condition, illness or ailment at the time of commencing or upgrading hospital cover there will be a 12-month waiting period before hospital benefits can be paid on claims relating to that condition.
A pre-existing condition is defined as an ailment or illness where, in the opinion of a medical practitioner, the signs or symptoms existed at any time during the six months before, or on the day which a member joins private health insurance or upgrades to a higher level of cover.