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Health insurance premium rates 2022

On 1 April 2022, health insurance premium rates will go up by an average of 2.7% – the lowest increase in 21 years.

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What you need to know

  • The 2.7% health insurance premium increase is the lowest annual change in 21 years.
  • Some funds including Medibank, ahm, Bupa, HCF and nib are delaying the increase.
  • You can avoid the increase if you transfer to a fund that is delaying its price increase.

How much will my health insurance go up in 2022?

Health insurance will go up by an industry average of 2.7% on 1 April 2022 – the lowest premium increase in 21 years. However, it's not all the same – some policies will see a price jump as big as 5.33%; others will only rise by 1.09% – some won't increase prices until 1 November 2022, 7 months later than normal.

If your provider is planning to significantly increase its premiums, now might be a good time to compare health insurance policies and switch to a more affordable one.

Who is delaying the health insurance premium increase?

  • HCF. Delaying until 1 November 2022. Its prices will increase 2.72% price increase.
  • Bupa. Delaying until 1 October 2022. Its prices will increase 3.18%.
  • Teacher's Health. Delaying until 1 October 2022. Its prices will increase 2.17%.
  • Medibank and ahm. Delaying until October 2022. Its prices will increase 3.10%.
  • nib. Delaying until September 1 2022. Its prices will increase 2.66%.

Average premium increases – how does your fund compare?

You can find out how much your provider plans to increase its premiums in the table below.

Health Fund2022 increase
ACA2.59%
AIA2.80%
Australian Unity2.73%
Bupa3.18%
CBHS Corporate5.33%
CBHS Health Fund2.91%
Cessnock District Health Benefits Fund3.77%
CUA3.42%
Defence Health3.33%
Doctors' Health2.28%
GMHBA3.10%
HCF2.72%
HBF Health3.62%
Health Care Insurance1.09%
HIF3.20%
Health Partners3.15%
Hospitals Contribution Fund2.72%
Latrobe Health3.41%
Medibank (including ahm)3.10%
Mildura District Hospital Fund2.90%
National Health Benefits Australia3.24%
Navy Health3.25%
NIB2.66%
Peoplecare3.27%
Phoenix3.16%
Police Health1.79%
Queensland Country Health3.34%
Queensland Teachers' Union Health2.26%
Reserve Bank Health Society3.74%
St Luke's3.19%
Teachers Federation2.17%
Transport Health1.16%
Westfund2.40%

Source: https://www.health.gov.au/

How much should you be paying?

You may not realise it, but health insurance prices can really vary between tiers. For example, we found a difference of over $200 a year between two policies on the same tier. That's why it's important to compare your options.

To give you a benchmark to compare your current health insurance, here are the cheapest Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Extras policies from each tier from Finder Partners. Switch and save on your health fund policy today.

1 - 10 of 24
Name Product Treatments Price Apply
  • Rehabilitation
  • Joint reconstructions
  • Dental surgery
  • Hernia and appendix
  • Eye excluding cataracts
  • Pain management
  • Gynaecology
  • Lung and chest
$71.58
per month
Frank Entry Hospital (Basic+)
Basic Plus$750 excess
  • Rehabilitation
  • Joint reconstructions
  • Dental surgery
  • Hernia and appendix
  • Eye excluding cataracts
  • Pain management
  • Gynaecology
  • Lung and chest
  • +5 other treatments covered
$73.88
per month
starter basic
Basic$750 excess
  • Rehabilitation
  • Joint reconstructions
  • Dental surgery
  • Hernia and appendix
  • Eye excluding cataracts
  • Pain management
  • Gynaecology
  • Lung and chest
$75.13
per month
  • Rehabilitation
  • Joint reconstructions
  • Dental surgery
  • Hernia and appendix
  • Eye excluding cataracts
  • Pain management
  • Gynaecology
  • Lung and chest
$76.41
per month
  • Rehabilitation
  • Joint reconstructions
  • Dental surgery
  • Hernia and appendix
  • Eye excluding cataracts
  • Pain management
  • Gynaecology
  • Lung and chest
$76.75
per month
HCF ACCIDENT ONLY BASIC
Basic$750 excess
  • Rehabilitation
  • Joint reconstructions
  • Dental surgery
  • Hernia and appendix
  • Eye excluding cataracts
  • Pain management
  • Gynaecology
  • Lung and chest
$77.13
per month
starter basic
Basic$500 excess
  • Rehabilitation
  • Joint reconstructions
  • Dental surgery
  • Hernia and appendix
  • Eye excluding cataracts
  • Pain management
  • Gynaecology
  • Lung and chest
$77.84
per month
essentials basic plus
Basic Plus$750 excess
  • Rehabilitation
  • Joint reconstructions
  • Dental surgery
  • Hernia and appendix
  • Eye excluding cataracts
  • Pain management
  • Gynaecology
  • Lung and chest
  • +5 other treatments covered
$79.24
per month
  • Rehabilitation
  • Joint reconstructions
  • Dental surgery
  • Hernia and appendix
  • Eye excluding cataracts
  • Pain management
  • Gynaecology
  • Lung and chest
  • +5 other treatments covered
$79.69
per month
  • Rehabilitation
  • Joint reconstructions
  • Dental surgery
  • Hernia and appendix
  • Eye excluding cataracts
  • Pain management
  • Gynaecology
  • Lung and chest
  • +8 other treatments covered
$79.88
per month
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1 - 10 of 53
Name Product Treatments Price Apply
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +1 other treatments covered
$12.48
per month
black 50 saver
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
  • Hearing aids
$12.63
per month
HCF STARTER EXTRAS
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +2 other treatments covered
$12.74
per month
Freedom 50
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
  • Hearing aids
$14.02
per month
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +2 other treatments covered
$16.89
per month
Basic Extras
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
  • Hearing aids
$17.60
per month
Starter Extras
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +1 other treatments covered
$23.33
per month
Basic Extras
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
  • Hearing aids
$24.92
per month
Simple Extras
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +1 other treatments covered
$26.10
per month
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +4 other treatments covered
$26.54
per month
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All prices are based on a single individual with less than $90,000 income and living in Sydney.

Why does the cost of health insurance go up every year?

Health insurance is community rated. This means everybody pays the same price for the same policy, regardless of their age, health or how likely they are to lodge a claim.

For example, a healthy 30-year-old would pay the same as a chronically unwell 60-year-old – as long as they both had the same policy. It means that even if you're sick, injured or have a history of illness, you're not further disadvantaged by having to pay more for your health insurance.

However, the number of seniors in Australia is increasing, and because over-65s typically have higher healthcare costs, insurance companies are spending more money paying out claims.

Unfortunately, insurance companies aren't earning enough money from premiums to be able to comfortably cover the cost of claims. As a result, they have to raise their prices.

How much does health insurance increase every year?

Health insurance premiums increase by a different rate every year. The table below shows the annual averages since 2013.

Average increase (%)

Insurer20142015201620172018201920202021
ACA Health Benefits Fund Limited5.78%4.96%6.19%4.70%2.72%3.23%3.94%3.54%
AIA Health Insurance3.90%4.45%5.63%1.62%
Australian Unity Health Limited6.62%6.26%5.05%4.46%3.89%3.35%2.79%1.99%
BUPA HI Pty Ltd6.35%5.59%5.69%4.90%3.99%2.99%3.26%3.21%
CBHS Corporate Health Pty Ltd2.98%2.38%3.68%2.37%5.47%
CBHS Health Fund Limited5.61%6.58%5.92%3.29%2.73%3.67%3.91%4.26%
Cessnock District Health Benefits Fund Limited5.36%6.99%6.19%6.57%6.40%3.90%3.96%4.14%
CUA Health Limited5.47%6.35%8.95%4.97%3.29%4.19%3.99%2.99%
Defence Health Limited5.34%5.62%5.48%5.51%5.97%4.50%3.49%3.93%
Doctors' Health Fund Pty Ltd4.23%3.98%3.76%3.54%2.28%2.94%3.29%2.85%
GMHBA Limited5.94%6.43%5.44%4.94%4.34%3.31%3.34%3.24%
HBF Health Limited3.72%5.96%4.94%5.96%3.75%1.94%1.98%0.94%
Health Care Insurance Ltd5.34%6.12%6.90%6.06%8.90%5.53%3.75%2.91%
Health Insurance Fund of Australia Limited2.98%4.49%6.55%7.99%5.35%4.77%5.58%3.78%
Health Partners Limited3.14%5.76%7.14%5.10%3.95%3.18%2.77%3.35%
health.com.au Pty Ltd6.13%6.81%8.81%8.53%5.87%3.96%3.94%0.83%
Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia Ltd6.89%6.57%5.42%3.65%3.39%3.20%3.39%2.95%
Latrobe Health Services Limited5.98%6.15%5.52%4.49%4.25%3.85%3.49%3.42%
Medibank Private Limited6.49%6.59%5.64%4.60%3.88%3.30%3.27%3.25%
Mildura District Hospital Fund Ltd3.65%6.14%6.74%5.95%5.68%3.89%4.68%4.07%
National Health Benefits Australia Pty Ltd4.50%6.26%5.28%5.41%3.97%3.62%2.99%3.56%
Navy Health Ltd4.53%4.50%5.50%4.94%3.94%4.94%3.49%3.46%
NIB Health Funds Ltd7.99%6.55%5.55%4.48%3.93%3.38%2.90%4.36%
Nurses & Midwives Health Pty Ltd3.22%5.91%3.74%3.38%
Peoplecare Health Limited5.82%6.08%4.38%5.09%4.19%4.90%3.48%3.90%
Phoenix Health Fund Limited6.52%6.48%5.72%5.93%4.19%3.26%3.10%3.47%
Police Health Limited4.81%4.48%4.81%4.63%3.72%3.58%3.14%3.10%
Queensland Country Health Fund Ltd5.85%4.77%4.91%5.15%4.39%3.95%3.56%4.43%
Queensland Teachers' Union Health Fund Limited4.50%6.36%7.15%7.30%4.40%3.18%2.66%1.11%
Railway & Transport Health Fund Ltd4.80%6.17%5.61%5.54%4.47%3.36%2.91%3.19%
Reserve Bank Health Society Ltd4.39%4.88%5.37%5.00%3.97%3.73%3.08%3.74%
St Luke's Medical and Hospital Benefits Association6.33%6.27%5.89%4.99%4.23%3.56%2.90%0.5%
Teachers Federation Health Ltd5.42%6.86%4.97%4.96%2.84%3.94%3.24%2.88%
Transport Health Pty Ltd5.90%4.84%6.49%4.93%5.16%3.41%2.59%2.61%
Westfund Limited3.25%7.92%5.94%4.96%3.43%1.64%4.32%4.30%
Industry Weighted Average6.20%6.18%5.59%4.84%3.95%3.25%2.92%2.74%

How will I know if my premiums are increasing?

Your health fund won't increase the price of your policy without letting you know, so expect a letter or an email notifying you about any changes.

From there, it's worth checking the updated policy information, so you can make an informed decision about what to do next.

What should I do if the price of my health insurance is going up?

If you don't do anything, it's highly likely that the cost of your health insurance will go up on 1 April. However, you may be able to save money if you compare providers and switch to a policy that suits you better.

Here are some handy tips to consider, which could save you money:

  • Change tiers. Hospital cover comes in four tiers: basic, bronze, silver and gold. Dropping down a level could save you money, but you'll get fewer overall benefits.
  • Look for discounts. Young Australians can save up to 10% on their hospital insurance, so if you're between 18 and 29, be sure to ask your insurance company how they can help.
  • Compare policies. Finder's online tool lets you compare health insurance policies side by side, so you can see what benefits you're getting and for how much.
  • Switch and save. Don't pay for the benefits you're not using. If you can get the cover you need elsewhere, for a price you're happy to pay, consider switching health insurance policies. Remember, if you switch from one health fund to another, you won't have to serve your hospital waiting periods again. For your extras, contact the insurer directly to check.
  • Pay in advance. If you want to avoid this year's premium increase, pay in advance before 1 April and you'll still get your policy for last year's prices. Some insurers will also give you an additional discount if you set up a direct debit or pay for your policy in a lump sum.
  • Avoid tax. The Medicare levy surcharge is a tax of between 1% and 1.5% of your income. Anyone who earns over $90,000 and doesn't have an approved level of hospital cover has to pay it. However, if you take out hospital insurance, you won't have to pay it.
  • Avoid lifetime loading. Lifetime health cover loading is an extra levy that is applied to health insurance policies if you only take one out over the age of 31. It's designed to encourage young people to buy health insurance – if you don't, you'll end up paying more for your premiums down the line.

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