COVID-19 payments to members
HBF is returning $42 million to members who held Hospital and/or Extras cover between 25 March 2020 and 30 June 2020.
HBF has delivered Australia's lowest average increase in premiums, rising by an average 1.98% from 1 April 2020.
WA’s largest health insurer, HBF has delivered the lowest premium increase of any health fund nationally.
HBF members’ premiums will, on average, increase by 1.98 per cent from 1 April 2020. The industry’s
average increase is
2.92 per cent.
Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt today released the list of approved average increases for all health insurers.
The nation’s five largest health insurers delivered the following average increases:
HBF Chief Executive Officer, John Van Der Wielen said HBF well understood that affordability was a pressing issue for
Australians with health insurance.
“This year, like last, we’ve focused our efforts on minimising our premium increase, without compromising
“Keeping our increase to below 2 per cent for two years in a row has been possible because we’ve
contained our costs,
clamped down on fraud, and been able to use investment returns to offset members’ claims.
“It’s enabled us to deliver the lowest average premium increase of Australia’s five major health
insurers, for the past
Mr Van Der Wielen said HBF’s not-for-profit status had also helped the insurer minimise its premium increase,
at a time
when all insurers faced the challenge of rising healthcare costs.
“With no obligation to provide a dividend to shareholders, unlike our for-profit competitors, we’re
well-placed to keep
a lid on future premium increases.”
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