We’ve come a long way over the last 77 years

Learn about where HBF has come from and how we’ve grown since 1941.

1941

We began as the Metropolitan Hospital Benefit Fund, to help Western Australians cover the cost of hospital treatment.

1945

Our coverage extended to all WA hospitals, so we lost the word 'Metropolitan' in our name to become the Hospital Benefit Fund.

1951

We expanded our services to include a Medical Fund to cover doctors' consultations.

1970

This decade, we opened our first regional branches at sites including Albany, Collie, Geraldton and Katanning.

1975

We expanded our services to cover ancillary health services such as physiotherapy and podiatry.

1980

Our head office employees moved into 125 Murray Street Perth.

1983

As well as health, we began offering home and car insurance.

1986

We added travel insurance to our general insurance offering.

1994

“Ted” first appeared as the star of Hospital Benefit Fund commercials.

2000

Our name was shortened to HBF.

2006

In addition to health, home, car and travel, we began offering life insurance.

2008

We introduced electronic claiming for ancillary services.

2010

We held the first HBF Run for a Reason, which has since raised more than $9M for WA health charities.

2013

We acquired the Friendlies Pharmacies franchise, to give our members access to a broader range of free and discounted health services.

2014

Friendlies was the first pharmacy chain in Australia where health insurance members could claim instantly in-store.

2015

We consolidated the HBF Group, closing our small Central West Health brand and migrating members to GMF (HealthGuard). Later in the year, we merged HealthGuard with HBF Health Ltd.

2016

Our head office relocated from 125 Murray Street to Kings Square Perth. Later in the year, we joined nib and Bupa as investors in Whitecoat – an online platform that helps people find, choose and review healthcare providers based on their service and experience.

2018

Today we’re proud to be WA’s leading health insurer. A lot has changed over the past 77 years, including our expansion from health to home, car, travel and life insurance. However, our sole purpose – to provide the highest quality insurance for our members – remains the same.