Australians are rushing to compare health insurance policies since the Federal Government announced its approval of premium rises from 1 April.
Online comparison service HelpMeChoose.com.au has fielded a national rise of 56% in visits to its health insurance services since the 23 December announcement to today, compared to the corresponding period.
“There’s a bump in health insurance activity right now and it has nothing to do with the excesses of Christmas and New Years; in fact it’s quite the opposite,” Help Me Choose spokesman James O’Loan said.
“What we are seeing here is Aussies becoming more aware and savvy about their health insurance coverage and how it relates to their overall budget.
“They are reacting to the pre-Christmas announcement and summer holidays have not disguised the fact that a 6.2% average increase in premiums is lurking around the corner.”
For the period 23 December 2013 to 21 January 2014, the following visitor increases were recorded for online health insurance services:
New South Wales 58%
Western Australia 54%
South Australia 34%
Northern Territory 400%
For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
James O’Loan, [email protected] - HelpMeChoose.com.au - (03) 8849 1036 / 0408 475 225
Amity Harrold, [email protected], PPR (02) 9818 9334 / 0434 975 868
Leading online comparison service HelpMeChoose.com.au began operating in 2008 and receives an average 126,000 page views each month. It helps Australian consumers compare health insurance policies from a wide range of Australia’s well known providers, home loans from over 100 lenders, life insurance and energy products.