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    Just what you need in a recession: Private health insurers will jack up premiums in a week – here’s the list of which Australians will be slugged extra

    • Some of Australia’s biggest private health insurance funds to increase premiums
    • Changes implemented from October 1, with some increases up to 3.27 per cent
    • Nationwide, just five funds won’t introduce any price hike for their customers
    • Develop comes as Australia re-enters recession for the first time in 29 years

    A number of leading Australian private health insurance companies are set to increase their premiums from October 1. 

    Customers on the books of HIF and MyOwn Health Insurance will be slugged more than anyone, with the funds to charge an extra 5.58 per cent and 5.63 per cent respectively.

    Mayor funds such as HCF, GMHBA and Frank will also dent the wallets of their customers from next Thursday.

    HCF private health customers will be slugged with a 3.39 per cent premium increase from October 1 (stock image)

    Medibank customers will also feel the pinch, with a hike of 3.27 per cent from October 1 (stock image)

    Medibank customers will also feel the pinch, with a hike of 3.27 per cent from October 1 (stock image)

    Nationwide, only five private health insurance firms have opted not to proceed with any price hikes, according to data from leading health insurance fund comparison site iSelect.    

    ‘People are still struggling during this economic and health crisis,’ Dean Price, senior campaigns and policy adviser for Choice, told 9News.com.au.

    ‘But the greed of most health insurers means that most people’s premiums are going up on October 1 without any consideration of the economic pain that people are already feeling in this recession.’ 

    The development comes as the nation re-enters a recession in September for the first time in just under three decades.

    Bupa and NIB have agreed to waive cost increases for those currently receiving support or wage subsidy payments as part of the federal government’s JobSeeker and JobKeeper initiatives.

    Medibank and AHM have confirmed those on JobKeeper or JobSeeker payments will be able to apply for a 50 per cent decrease in premiums for another six months come October 1.  

    Customers on the books of HBF won't see an increase in their premiums until March in 2021 (stock image)

    Customers on the books of HBF won’t see an increase in their premiums until March in 2021 (stock image)

    AIA customers can also breathe a sigh of relief, with no increases from next month (stock image)

    AIA customers can also breathe a sigh of relief, with no increases from next month (stock image)

    HEALTH INSURANCE INCREASES

    THE COMPLETE BREAKDOWN LEADING INTO OCTOBER 1, 2020

    Medibank: 3.27 per cent increase

    Bupa: 3.26 per cent increase

    HCF: 3.39 per cent increase

    NIB: 2.90 per cent increase

    HBF: No premium increase for any customers until March 31, 2021

    AHM: 3.27 per cent increase

    Australian Unity: 2.79 per cent increase

    Frank: 3.34 per cent increase

    GMHBA: 3.34 per cent increase

    HBF: No premium increase for any customers until March 31, 2021

    AIA: No premium increase

    Health.com.au: No premium increase for any customers until at least December 31, 2020

    TUH: No premium increase for any customers until at least December 31, 2020

    ACA Health Benefits Fund: 3.94 per cent increase

    CBHS Corporate Health: 2.37 per cent increase

    CBHS: 3.91 per cent increase

    Hunter Health Insurance: 3.96 per cent increase

    CUA: 3.99 per cent increase

    Defence Health: 3.49 per cent increase

    Doctors’ Health Fund: 3.29 per cent increase

    Health Care Insurance: 3.75 per cent increase

    HIF: 5.58 per cent increase

    Health Partners: 2.77 per cent increase

    Latrobe Health Services: 3.49 per cent increase

    Mildura Health Fund: 4.68 per cent increase

    MyOwn Health Insurance: 5.63 per cent increase

    Onemedifund: 2.99 per cent increase

    Navy Health: 3.49 per cent increase

    Nurses & Midwives Health: 3.74 per cent increase

    Peoplecare: 3.48 per cent increase

    Phoenix Health Fund: 3.10 per cent increase

    Police Health: 3.14 per cent increase

    Queensland Country Health Fund: 3.56 per cent increase

    RT Health: 2.91 per cent increase

    Reserve Bank Health Society: 3.08 per cent increase

    St Luke’s Health: 2.90 per cent increase

    Teachers Health: 3.24 per cent increase

    Transport Health: 2.59 per cent increase

    Westfund Health Insurance: 4.32 per cent increase

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