• Phoenix Health & Members Own Health Fund Phoenix Health Fund is proudly part of the Members Own Health Fund group. Members Own Health Funds (Members Own) is a brand that reflects quality and a primary focus on members, rather than creating profits.  This is exactly what Phoenix Health Fund stands for too, and why we are a part of the Members Own brand. Phoenix Health Fund has existed for over 64 years and is focused on: Putting our Members first Better coverage Greater benefits Quality services Member Own Health Funds represents the quality in Health Insurance that Australians should expect (but don’t always receive) from their Health Insurer. As Phoenix Health Fund is a mutual not-for-profit Private Health ... Find out more
  • Joint Replacement surgery costs Have you ever wondered how much a joint replacement costs? Hip and knee replacements are one of the most expensive categories of surgical procedures in the private health sector. These procedures are on the increase in line with the growing numbers of patients with osteoarthritis and arthritis. If you’ve ever had hip or knee replacement surgery yourself, have plans to have this surgery in the future, or you’re just needing insurance for the unforeseen medical circumstances, this article provides a great insight into what you’re contributing towards when you purchase Private Health insurance coverage. Hip Replacements Hip replacement surgery is a procedure that surgically ... Find out more
  • Have you visited the dentist lately? Having to visit the dentist every six months may not be the appointment that everyone looks forward to, but it is one of the most important ones to keep. While there are always countless reasons for not going to the dentist, it’s important to keep an eye on the long term future of your teeth.  While it might be an immediate inconvenience, by taking care of your smile, you significantly increase your oral health and the chances of avoiding expensive dental procedures in the future (because unfortunately trying to forget about dental problems won’t make them go away). Having a check-up from ... Find out more
  • We’re eating too much salt! It’s surprising to most of us when we find out that a lot of our everyday favourite packaged foods contain up to 75% of our daily recommended salt intake. Recent research by VicHealth and the Heart Foundation show that common favourites (that we often turn to for a quick and convenient meal) like packaged pasta sauce, ham, dressing, pizza, soup and lasagne all contain alarmingly high amounts of salt. So much salt in fact, that Australians are now consuming double the recommended salt intake of 5g (one teaspoon), per day, which greatly increases our chances of developing heart disease and stroke. There’s a number of simple tips ... Find out more
  • Walking for good health Walking may seem like a simple task that you perform on a daily basis, but you may be discounting the benefits that it is offering your health. While it is one of the simplest forms of exercise, walking has so many great benefits.  Because walking is low impact and requires minimal equipment, it can be done at any time of day and can be performed at your own pace. Check out some of the great health benefits that walking can give you each and every day. Walking regulates post-meal blood sugar levels as well as improves insulin sensitivity. Walking (like other forms of ... Find out more
  • CHOICE recommended Health Insurance Phoenix Health has been recommended once again by CHOICE for its Top Hospital Nil Excess policy.   With thousands of different policies being reviewed as part of the comparison process, Phoenix Health Fund is pleased to announce that, our Top Hospital Nil excess policy has again been recommended by CHOICE in its annual review of Hospital policies available in the market*. CHOICE is Australia’s largest consumer advocacy group that works as an independent reviewer and advice provider for consumer goods and services. While we’re super excited about being recommended, we know that this is even better news for our members, who can enjoy additional ... Find out more
  • Understanding your Tax Statement The end of financial year means that Phoenix Health Fund is now sending out Tax Statements to Members. This Tax Statement is sent to you so that you are able to complete the Private Health Insurance section of your Tax return for the 2016-2017 Financial Year. Once you have received your Tax Statement, you may have a few questions about why we are sending this to you, or questions on the information on your statement and how to use it when completing your tax return. What do all the codes on my Tax Statement mean? The labels on the statement match those on ... Find out more
  • Fighting Depression with Food: Introducing the Mediterranean diet Typically, we eat with our body weight or heart health in mind, but research from Deakin University now shows we should also be eating for our brains too. Dr Jenny Brockis, the brain fitness doctor and author of Future Brain, shares that “Right down to the cellular level, choosing the right foods makes a really important difference to how well our brain operates. “ It’s for this reason that the Mediterranean diet — rich in vegetables, fruit, lean protein and healthy fats — is one of the best diets for optimal brain health. Introducing the Mediterranean diet “The Mediterranean diet is predominantly plant-based…, but ... Find out more
  • Let’s talk about Depression   Let’s talk about Depression. It’s not great news to read that depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. According to the latest estimates from WHO, over 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives.  What’s the solution?  It’s time to take matters in to our own hands! It’s time to looks inwards this World Health Day. With The World Health Day coming up ... Find out more
  • Get to know THE GAP and avoid paying out of pocket expenses The Gap Medical ExpensesLet’s face it, general day-to-day life can be expensive, and sometimes it feels like we’re drowning in bills with not a holiday in sight. Sound familiar? So don’t add to those bills unnecessarily by paying out of pocket medical expenses you could have avoided. What is “The Gap” When a healthcare provider or hospital charges more for a treatment or service than what is covered by Medicare and Private Health insurance, the amount outstanding is known as “the gap“, which represents your out of pocket expenses for that treatment or service. Medical fees can vary greatly Health care providers often charge very different prices for ... Find out more