Health insurance accident cover

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Thanks to Medicare, you don't need to worry about being hit with a bill for thousands of dollars if you're in a car accident or need same-day surgery.

Unfortunately though, Medicare only goes so far. If you want cover for ambulance transportation, palliative care or rehabilitation and psychiatric treatment in a private hospital, you'll need health insurance accident cover.

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Does health insurance cover accidents?

Yes, a basic accident health insurance policy can cover you for:

  • Same-day accidents. This can include same-day treatment for accidents and accidental injuries.
  • Emergency ambulance services. Insurance can cover you for emergency ambulance transportation; this isn't covered by Medicare in most states.
  • Palliative care. Health care if you have a life-limiting illness.
  • Psychiatric treatment. Emergency hospital-based treatment for psychiatric disorders or addiction.
  • Rehabilitation treatment. Physical therapy and exercise programs after being admitted to hospital.

Will you be covered for accidents by health insurance?

FundAccident and health insurance conditionsWaiting periodMore info
Picture not describedStarter Bronze covers emergency ambulance transportation and same-day surgery and intensive care at a public hospital.1 dayGet quote
Nib LogoBasic Essential Hospital Plus covers emergency ambulance transport, treatment for accidents, removal of tonsils, wisdom teeth, appendix and adenoids, joint reconstruction and dental surgery.1 dayMore info
Qantas Health InsuranceQantas Basic Hospital covers for emergency ambulance transport, treatment for accidents, dental surgery, gastrointestinal endoscopy, gynaecology, joint reconstructions, hernia, and appendix.1 dayGet quote
Suncorp Health InsuranceSuncorp Basic Hospital Plus covers for treatment for accidents, emergency ambulance transport, dental surgery, gastrointestinal endoscopy, gynaecology, hernia and appendix, and joint reconstructions.1 dayMore info
HIF LogoBronze Hospital covers ambulance transport, treatment for accidental injury, appendix, tonsils and adenoid removal, colonoscopies, dental surgery, gastroscopies, treatment for ear infections, gynaecological services, hernia repair and joint investigations and reconstructions.1 dayMore info
Australian Unity logoStandard Hospital covers emergency ambulance transportation, tonsil, appendix, adenoid and wisdom teeth removal, joint reconstructions and investigations plus restricted psychiatric and rehabilitation cover.NilMore info
GMHBA health fundBronze Plus Hospital covers accidental injury, removal of appendix, tonsils and adenoids, cancer treatment, joint reconstructions and investigations and dental implant surgery.NilMore info
Transport Health LogoBronze Plus Healthy Choice Hospital & Healthy Choice Extras covers all medically necessary ambulance transport and air ambulance services such as CareFlight. It also provides restricted cover for rehabilitation following an inpatient admission, palliative care and psychiatric services.1 dayMore info

Compare accident health insurance options from Australian funds

To compare accident-only policies, click 'Basic cover with low premiums'. It'll give you a selection of accident only and basic policies to choose from.

What isn't covered by accident health insurance?

If you get accident-only health insurance, it doesn't usually include:

  • Joint reconstruction, replacement, surgery or investigations
  • Removal of appendix, tonsils, adenoids or wisdom teeth
  • Colonoscopies
  • Heart-related medical and surgical treatments
  • Obstetrics-related services or fertility treatments
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Cataract and lens-related procedures
  • Renal dialysis

You'll need to get at least bronze level health insurance to get cover for these treatments. In most cases, this'll only cost you around $10 more a month.

Do you need health cover for accidents?

There's a few reasons it could be a good idea to get accident health insurance.

  1. You're young and healthy. You might not need other types of hospital treatment in the near future, but you can't predict when an accident might occur.
  2. Avoid the Medicare Levy Surcharge. You'll be hit with an additional tax levy if you earn over $90,000 and you don't have basic hospital cover. You might be able to avoid it with some accident health insurance policies.
  3. Avoid expensive ambulance fees. Unless you live in Queensland or Tasmania, where emergency ambulance services are provided free to all residents, an ambulance can cost over $1,000. The good news is accident health insurance only costs around $20 a week.

Can you get ambulance-only cover?

Yes. If you just want to avoid expensive ambulance fees, the following health funds offer ambulance cover. Prices are based on a single in Sydney (checked in April 2021):

FundCover NameAnnual Price


Medibank Ambulance Cover$64.20


Ambulance Only Cover$57.23


Ambulance Only$56.90


Emergency Only Ambulance cover$43.88


Ambulance Only$58.80

Nurses & Midwives Health

Emergency Ambulance Only$62.95


Urgent Ambulance$72.53

Hunter Health Insurance

Ambulance Only Cover$59.17

*Quotes are based on an individual with less than $90,000 income.

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