Affordable cover for General Dental, Optical and 5 other essential services from $4.11 weekly
or $8.22 fortnightly
from $4.11 weekly from $8.22 fortnightly

Why choose Basic Extras?

Scale and clean

One fully covered scale and clean every year1

Fully covered pair of glasses

$160 annual limit on Optical which includes a fully covered pair of glasses on a range of no-gap options

Urgent Ambulance

Urgent Ambulance by road anywhere in Australia

Great value cover from $4.03 a week.

Basic Extras includes:

Preventative Dental
General Restorative Dental
Urgent Ambulance
Urgent Ambulance
Healthy Living Programs
Healthy Living Programs

Choice, control and value

We've redesigned our extras cover to give you more choice, control and value.

What do we mean by choice? Well, you can get a great benefit at any provider of your choice. No more switching your physio or chiro just to get more back!

What do we mean by control? Well, with combined annual limits on popular services you can control where and how you use your limits.

What do we mean by value? Well, have a look at our extras cover and see for yourself.

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Why trust HBF for your health insurance

Looking after Australians for over 80 years

We always put our members first

We're a not-for-profit organisation, so we focus on giving more back to members

Commonly asked questions

How much will I get back?

The amount you can claim back on extras services depends on your benefits (the amount you get back when you claim) and your annual limits (the maximum amount you can claim in a year).

Nearly all extras insurance policies only cover services to a limited extent, which means you’ll usually pay for some of the service out of your own pocket.

But extras insurance is still worth it because Medicare generally doesn’t cover extras services, so without it you’d have to cover the full cost of treatment.

What does extras insurance cover?

The specific extras services you’re covered for depends on your health fund, level of cover and the specific policy you choose. Here are some examples of common services extras insurance can cover:

  • Dental treatment
  • Physiotherapy
  • Optical - Glasses and contact lenses
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Podiatry

What does extras insurance not cover?

There are some situations where your health fund cannot pay a benefit (because they legally can’t), but Medicare will.

For example, a visit to a doctor outside of hospital, like a General Practitioner (GP), will never be covered by health insurance, no matter what fund you’re with – that’s covered by Medicare.

Consultation fees for a doctor or a specialist appointment outside of hospital, tests and examinations like x-rays or blood tests and eye tests by an optometrist are common situations where your health fund won't pay a benefit but Medicare will.

What is a lifetime limit?

A lifetime limit is the total amount you can claim for a service over the course of your lifetime. That means, once you’ve claimed up to your lifetime limit, either at HBF or through claims at another health insurer, you won’t ever be able to claim again, even if you upgrade your level of cover with HBF. Each person on your policy has their own lifetime limits. A lifetime limit applies to orthodontics on some HBF Extras covers.

What is an annual limit?

An annual limit is the maximum amount of money you can claim for a service within a calendar year. Each person on your policy has their own annual limits.

When can I start using my extras insurance?

When you buy extras insurance for the first time, if you haven’t had continuous cover, or if you’ve just upgraded to a higher level of cover, there will generally be a waiting period you need to serve before you can claim.

Waiting periods for extras vary between health funds, but with HBF most services have a 2-month waiting period, while more high-cost services (like Major Dental) have a waiting period of 12 months or more.

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