Compare health insurance that will cover cataracts and laser eye surgery.
More and more insurers are covering major eye procedures like cataract and corrective laser eye surgery. You don't even need a top-level policy for medically-necessary procedures like certain cataract treatments.
Some insurers even offer a range of rebates and other discounts toward laser eye surgery through their extras policies.
How much does insurance for major eye surgery cost?
You'll find major eye surgery in hospital cover. Below are a few policies from Finder partners that cover this treatment, prices quoted are for a single policy in Sydney, NSW.
Major eye surgery that includes cataracts falls into a Gold tier, although some funds also offer it in silver.
|Fund||Policy||Cost per month||Tier||Apply|
|deluxe silver plus||$144.75||Silver||Go to Site|
|Silver Advantage Hospital||$147.04||Silver||Go to Site|
|Hospital Silver Plus||$153.35||Silver||Go to Site|
prices are based on a quote with a $500 Excess
What if you have multiple major eye surgery options?
In the case of major eye surgery, you will sometimes be faced with a choice as to how you would like the procedure to be carried out, and your decision will have health insurance implications. For example, you may be given the choice of:
- Femtosecond laser cataract surgery, which is quicker and safer although may require a high level of extras cover.
- Manual cataract surgery. Which is cheaper and therefore may be your only option if you have basic extras cover.
How does the public and private health systems handle major eye surgery?
|What does Medicare cover you for?||What isn't covered?|
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What should I look for when comparing insurance policies?
When comparing health insurance policies for major eye surgery, or for that matter any type of medical service, you should be aware of the terms and conditions, as well as the fine print stating exactly which procedures are covered.
- Exclusions. These are what the insurer will not pay a benefit for. Exclusions might be for specific procedures, such as corrective surgery, or under specific conditions, such as if you get treatment outside of Australia.
- Restrictions. These are services that are covered to a limited extent, meaning greater out-of-pocket expenses for you. Restrictions are relatively common in major eye surgery, and you may see certain policies with eye surgery restrictions at the basic level and none at the comprehensive level.
- Waiting periods. This is the minimum amount of time you must wait between taking out a policy and claiming benefits with it. For in-hospital major eye surgery this is typically two months, while for extras corrective eye surgery it is usually about 12 months.
- Excess. This is a fee you must pay when claiming benefits. Not all health insurance policies include excesses, but some do. You may be able to opt for a higher excess and lower premiums, or a lower excess and higher premiums. It’s good to make sure that your excess is not so high as to prevent you from making any claims.
- Limits. All private health funds have annual limits, which are the maximum amount you can claim in benefits per year. There might be more than one applicable limit. For example, you might have a policy that lets you claim a maximum of $1,000 per year for all hospital surgery, or $1,000 for all eye surgeries. Limits will always apply so make sure to read your policy’s product disclosure statement closely.
When determining which eye surgeries are covered by your private health insurance policy, you should look for terminology including:
- Corrective surgery, refractive surgery or laser eye surgery. These are all different ways of reshaping the lens to correct vision and remove the need to wear glasses. Depending on the nature of your impaired vision, a different corrective procedure might be undertaken. These procedures vary in cost, and it is possible that only some will be covered by either your hospital or extras policy.
- Major eye surgery. This encompasses a wide variety of surgical procedures undertaken for the purpose of fixing medical issues, such as glaucoma, rather than simply correcting vision. Each insurer may have their own definition of major eye surgery. Some will pay for any major eye procedure recommended by an ophthalmologist, others will only cover specific treatments or parts of the eye.
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