HBF Health Insurance Review

HBF is one of the five largest health insurance companies in Australia and has been operating for more than 70 years.

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HBF Health Limited Bronze Hospital Plus $500 excess

HBF's Bronze Hospital Plus cover offers a good starting point for those looking for an entry-level policy. It's one of the lowest-priced Bronze Plus options and includes treatments for young, active people such as joint reconstructions.

You can't go wrong with a not-for-profit insurance company that also has a large memberships and a deep heritage. HBF's policies are easy to understand too. The insurer offers a nice mix of hospital and extras policies that you can mix and match or purchase on their own.

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Top 3 features
  1. Good for people who want a nice range of hospital cover to choose from without having too many confusing choices to sift through.
  2. Good for people who want to bundle their cover with other insurance products in order to save.
  3. Beware if you're after just basic extras, as their lower level extras policies don't cover a whole lot.

Who is HBF Health Insurance?

Owned by its members and based in Western Australia, HBF provides health cover solutions to customers Australia-wide. As a not-for-profit fund, HBF can offer benefits to its members in the form of better policies and lower premiums. With more than 900,000 members, this Western Australian health fund offers everything from budget cover through to comprehensive health protection.

What health insurance options are available?

Compare HBF hospital policies

  • Basic Hospital Plus. This meets the government's requirement for Basic cover by offering restricted cover for psychiatry, rehabilitation and palliative care. However, it goes well beyond that by providing full cover for all additional 5 clinical categories including joint reconstructions, dental surgery and gynaecology.
  • Bronze Hospital Plus. Provides full cover all 18 clinical categories required for a Bronze label, plus full cover for additional categories like sleep studies, medically necessary plastic surgery and back/neck/spine treatments.
  • Silver Hospital. This policy includes the cover for the 26 clinical categories required to be labeled a silver policy plus a few more like insulin pumps and full instead of restricted cover for palliative care.
  • Silver Hospital Plus. This covers everything the Silver policy does plus a few more like cataracts, joint replacements and full instead of restricted cover for rehabilitation.
  • Gold Hospital. This is the highest level of hospital insurance and includes all 38 clinical categories required for a Gold label.
Benefits Basic Hospital Plus Bronze Hospital Plus Silver Hospital Silver Hospital Plus Gold Hospital
Rehabilitation
  • Resticted
  • Resticted
  • Resticted
  • Resticted
  • Resticted
Hospital psychiatric services
  • Resticted
  • Resticted
  • Resticted
  • Resticted
  • Resticted
Palliative care
  • Resticted
  • Resticted
  • Resticted
  • Resticted
  • Resticted
Gynaecology
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Tonsils, adenoids and grommets
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Joint reconstructions
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Hernia and appendix
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Dental surgery
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Brain and nervous system
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Eye (not cataracts)
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Ear, nose and throat
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Bone, joint and muscle
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Kidney and bladder
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Male reproductive system
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Digestive system
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Miscarriage and termination of pregnancy
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy for cancer
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Pain management
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Skin
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Breast surgery (medically necessary)
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Diabetes management (excluding insulin pumps)
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Lung and chest
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Blood
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Back, neck and spine
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Plastic and reconstructive surgery (medically necessary)
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Pain management with device
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Sleep studies
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Heart and vascular system
  • No
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Podiatric surgery
  • No
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Implantation of hearing devices
  • No
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Insulin pumps
  • No
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Cataracts
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
Joint replacements
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
Dialysis for chronic kidney failure
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • Yes
Pregnancy and birth
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • Yes
Assisted reproductive services
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • Yes
Weight loss surgery
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • Yes
Added features
Urgent ambulance
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Private room coverage
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes

Compare HBF extras options

  • Basic Extras. This is a very basic policy covering general dental, optical, a few therapies like physio and healthy living programs.
  • Saver Flexi Extras. This covers general dental, emergency ambulance and your choice of two of the following treatments: major dental, optical, physio, chiro, osteo, healthy living programs, pharmacy, podiatry and remedial massage.
  • Standard Extras. Covers 19 common treatments like general dental, major dental, optical, physio, hearing aids, speech therapy and more.
  • Flexi Extras. Covers your choice of 10 treatments between: general dental, major dental, optical, physio, chiro, pharmacy, health appliances, eye therapy and more.
  • Top Extras. Covers HBF's full range of treatments including all those listed above plus nutrition consultations, exercise physiology, alternative therapies, psychology and more.

How to make a claim

HBF members can lodge claims in three easy ways:

  • On the spot. When you visit a provider that offers HICAPS electronic claiming, all you need to do is swipe your HBF membership card to receive any benefit you're eligible for.
  • Online. By logging into myHBF online and clicking 'Submit a health claim', members can enter their claim details and upload any receipts or invoices.
  • By mail. HBF members can download and complete a claim form, attach any accounts and receipts and then post everything to HBF.

Overseas visitors or students

HBF offers a range of health cover options for people who are in Australia on a working visa or who are visiting here on holidays. These include:

  • Working Visa Hospital Cover & Saver Flexi Extras. Meets Visa condition 8501 while offering cover for a range of essential hospital treatments like chemo and heart treatment plus four common extras treatments like general dental and emergency ambulance.
  • Working Visa Hospital and Medical Cover & Standard Extras. Meets Visa condition 8501 while offering cover for a range of essential hospital treatments like heart treatment and maternity, medical services like GP visits and 19 common extras treatments like general dental, major dental and optical.
  • Standard Overseas Visitors Cover & Basic Extras. Covers a range of essential hospital treatments, medical services like GP visits and 6 common extras treatments like general dental and optical.
  • Standard Overseas Visitors Cover & Standard Extras. Covers a range of essential hospital treatments, medical services like GP visits and 19 common extras treatments like general dental, major dental and optical.
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    TranFebruary 13, 2019

    My daughter had preventative orthodontic work at a young age. Now she has grown up and needs extra work, which insurance best suit major secondary orthodontic treatment

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JeniFebruary 16, 2019Staff

      Hi Tran,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      If you’re currently insured with HBF, please contact them directly regarding your daughter’s needs.

      You may check out this page to start comparing your health insurance for orthodontics options. Please note that orthodontic treatment is part of extras cover and has a 12-month waiting period

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    philMarch 20, 2018

    If my taxable income is about $120,000/yr, what would be my medicare levy + surcharge levy (2+ 1.25=3.5%)? I am 71 & have single cover & now new premiums are $1616/yr,is this enough to avoid the surcharge ? Is this basic hosp cover? Thanx

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      DeeMarch 22, 2018Staff

      Hi Phil,

      Thanks for your question.

      If your taxable income is at $120,000, your medicare levy (2% of taxable income) will be $2,400. On this page, we have listed some of the criteria for you to be exempt from paying this surcharge.

      For the Medicare Levy Surcharge, your income falls under the $105,001 – $140,000 bracket for singles with a surcharge rate of 1.25%. This will amount to $1,5000. To be exempt, you’ll need to meet the following requirements as listed in our guide here:

      * You must get a private health insurance which provide private patient hospital cover;
      * Have a maximum payable excess per year of $500 for singles and $1,000 for couples and families;
      * Be purchased from a registered Australian health fund

      Kindly note that you’ll need to maintain this appropriate level of cover for the full year in order to avoid paying the surcharge.

      From the information that you provided, I am unable to assess if you can get exemption as there are several other criteria that you must meet.

      If you would like to confirm your eligibility for exemption, you may also contact the ATO office in your area.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    DorothyJanuary 27, 2018

    My H.B.F. member number X and Y ( husband X )
    What are we covered for?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JonathanFebruary 22, 2018Staff

      Hi Dorothy, thanks for your inquiry.

      To check your health insurance inclusions, please contact HBF directly on:

      133 423
      From Monday to Friday (WST) 7am-6pm and Saturday 8am-2pm (WST).

      Best regards,

      Jonathan

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