News: New health insurance policies to be launched in Australia and New Zealand in the coming months.
The new policies will offer a variety of new services, including coverage for prescription drugs, medical equipment, dental and vision, dental services, maternity care, maternity and newborn care, and more.
What’s more, they will be available through different online health insurance providers and will not be available in traditional retail outlets.
New policies will be subject to approval from the Medicare regulator, the Medicare Bureau of Australia (MBA).
This will ensure the policies are only available in pharmacies and not on the doorstep, which will help to reduce the number of people who might not be able to afford them.
“The new Medicare products will allow Australians to access the same affordable, high quality and efficient services as the existing Medicare benefits, while also meeting the increasing demand for health care,” the ABC News reports.
It is not clear how the changes will affect the availability of some private insurance policies.
Some existing private health insurance plans, including the Essential Health Insurance plan, will be exempt from the new policies.
But the changes are likely to affect some other insurance plans.
The Commonwealth has also confirmed that it will no longer offer new private health policies, with the changes effective from July 1.
This means that people with private health care plans will no more be able in the future to purchase policies from a private company.