Teachers Health Insurance

Looking after 330,000 educators, Teachers Health gives an affordable range of health insurance for education staff.

Teachers Health deals

Do you, or someone in your family work in the education sector? Not-for-profit Teachers Health fund provides health insurance cover for all price points.

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Top 3 features
  1. Good for teachers, education staff and their families.
  2. Good for attractive member health benefits.
  3. Beware if you're not part of an education union.

Who is Teachers Health?

Established in 1954 by the NSW Teachers Federation, this industry-based fund now offers a range of affordable health insurance products exclusively to those who are a current or former member of an education union and their relatives and immediate family members.

The members-owned, not-for-profit fund now looks after over 330,000 teachers, education staff and their families around Australia.

What health insurance options are available?

Teachers Health offers health insurance designed to suit everyone, from the budget conscious to those who want the highest level of cover available.

Hospital

  • Basic Hospital (Basic Plus). An entry-level health insurance option that covers a few treatments in private hospitals, and offers your choice of doctor in a public hospital. Designed for young and healthy applicants, it covers essentials like dental surgery, hernias, appendicitis, and joint reconstructions. This cover has a $300 excess.
  • Mid Hospital (Basic Plus). A mid-level option, covering a wide range of services and has no exclusions. Instead, it provides restricted cover for some services, such as heart and vascular and pregnancy and birth. You can choose a $300 or $500 excess for this cover.
  • Mid Classic (Silver Plus). Another mid-level option, this policy is designed to give you cover for everyday health needs, but not the expensive big-ticket services. It includes private hospital cover for a wide range of services, including diabetes management, cancer treatment, and more. You can choose a $300 or $500 excess for this cover.
  • Top Hospital (Gold). This comprehensive product is designed to offer complete peace of mind. It covers an extensive range of procedures including pregnancy, heart procedures, hospital accommodation and theatre expenses. Members get their choice of Agreement Private Hospital and there's no excess.
Benefit Basic Hospital (Basic Plus) Mid Hospital (Basic Plus) Mid Classic (Silver Plus) Top Hospital (Gold)
Assisted reproductive services
  • Restricted
  • Restricted
  • No
  • Yes
Back, neck and spine
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Blood
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Bone, joint and muscle
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Brain and nervous system
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Breast surgery (medically necessary)
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Cataracts
  • Restricted
  • Restricted
  • No
  • Yes
Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy for cancer
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Dental surgery
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Diabetes management (excluding insulin pump)
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Dialysis for chronic kidney failure
  • Restricted
  • Restricted
  • No
  • Yes
Digestive system
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Ear, nose and throat
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Eye (not cataracts)
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Gynaecology
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Heart and vascular system
  • Restricted
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • Yes
Hernia and appendix
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Hospital psychiatric services
  • Restricted
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • Yes
Implantation of hearing devices
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Joint reconstructions
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Joint replacements
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • No
  • Yes
Kidney and bladder
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Lung and chest
  • Restricted
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • Yes
Male reproductive system
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Miscarriage and termination of pregnancy
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Pain management
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Pain management with device
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Palliative care
  • Restricted
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • Yes
Plastic and reconstructive surgery (medically needed)
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Podiatric surgery (provided by a registered podiatric surgeon - limited benefits)
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Pregnancy and birth
  • Restricted
  • Restricted
  • No
  • Yes
Rehabilitation
  • Restricted
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • Yes
Skin
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Sleep studies
  • Restricted
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Tonsils, adenoids and grommets
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Weight loss surgery
  • Restricted
  • Restricted
  • No
  • Yes
Insulin pumps
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Private Hospital (Agreement private hospital and same day surgeries)
Choice of Agreement private hospital
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Accommodation – shared and private room (where available)
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Theatre fees, intensive care fees
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Labour ward fees
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • Yes
Medical services
Choice of doctor
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Access Gap Cover
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Government approved surgically implanted prostheses (some prostheses may have out-of-pocket expenses)
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Public Hospital
Shared room
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Private room (where available)
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Theatre fees, intensive care fees
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Labour ward fees
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • No
  • Yes
Other
Excess (Basic Hospital)
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Emergency Ambulance Transport
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Non-emergency Ambulance
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Exemption from Medicare levy surcharge
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes

Extras

  • Top Extras. Teachers Health fund Top Extras lets you enjoy generous benefit limits for a wide range of treatments including major dental, optical, psychology, chiropractic, physio, speech therapy, and occupational therapy.
  • Essential Extras. This offers affordable cover for a mid-level range of services, including general and preventative dental, physio, optical, podiatry and naturopathy.

Combined

  • StarterPak. Designed for young people and offering a range of essential benefits, this policy excludes a range of treatments and services that members are unlikely to need. It offers cover for your choice of Agreement Private Hospital and choice of doctor, as well as procedures like hernias, knee reconstructions, appendix removal and tonsil removal.

Information on tiers

In line with Private Health Insurance Reforms in place as of 1 April 2019, Teachers Health have aligned their hospital products to be categorised in the Gold/Silver/Bronze/Basic tiers.

Teachers Health have added one new form of cover to their product range, but have discontinued their CoreElect and Public Hospital options.

Member offers

Members of Teachers Health are also able to take advantage of the following extra benefits:

  • Free access to health support programs. These include HealthMeasures, an online tool to help you develop a tailored diet, exercise and healthy lifestyle program.
  • Access to Teachers Health Centres. Teachers Health runs specialist centres where members can access discounted optical and dental services.
  • Other discounts. Members can also access discounts from health funds including Voice Care for Teachers, AOK Health and Jenny Craig.
  • Discounted travel insurance. A range of travel insurance products are available for fund members at discounted rates.

How to make a claim

If you need to make an extras claim with Teachers Health, you can do so in the following ways:

  • On the spot. You can swipe your Teachers Health membership card on the spot using the HICAPS system to claim instantly.
  • Via mobile app. The Teachers Health mobile app is available for Apple and Android devices and allows you to take a photo of your official receipt to submit your claim.
  • Online. You can claim for the following extras through the Teachers Health online members area: Acupuncture, chiropractic, complementary therapies, remedial massage, general dental, optical, physiotherapy and podiatry.
  • By mail. You can download a claim form from the Teachers Health website, complete it, and send it along with your invoice or receipt to Teachers Health, GPO Box 9812, Sydney NSW 2001.
  • In person. You can submit your completed claim form and invoice or receipt in person at a Member Care Centre located at a Teachers Health Centre.
  • Via email. You can also submit completed claim forms via email to submitclaim@teachershealth.com.au

As for bills from your doctor or specialist, if the doctor or specialist participates in Teachers Health's Access Gap Cover program then they will send the bill directly to your health fund. If they do not participate in the program, you will need to take the bill to Medicare to be processed before Teachers Health can pay any benefits.

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    RenateJune 20, 2017

    What is the cost of ambulance cover only for a couple aged 60 and over?

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      LiezlJune 20, 2017

      Hi Renate,

      Thank you for your question. Just to confirm, you have reached finder.com.au, a comparison and information service and not actually Teacher Health Fund.

      Teachers Health Fund does provide stand alone Ambulance cover. If you would like to get a quote, please click on any “Get quote” button and you will be redirected to their website.

      Cheers,
      Liezl

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    SamMarch 25, 2017

    Hi, I have been told of Teachers Health Fund by a family friend (ex teacher), but am not a teacher myself, is there a way to become a member of this health fund with a referral from this person?

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      ZubairMarch 27, 2017Staff

      Hi Sam,

      Thank you for your question.

      Unfortunately, you can’t join the Teachers Health Fund from a referral of a person as it is a restricted fund and only current and former members of an education union and their families can join.

      To be eligible as a family member you must be one the following:

      – Current or former spouse/partner
      – Dependant/s children
      – Adult children (or their partner or dependant child)
      – Siblings (or their partner or dependant child)
      – Parents
      – Grandchildren

      All the best,
      Zubair

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    KATHLEENFebruary 10, 2017

    If I do not use the extras in one year do they accumulate or do I get an extra benefit as I used to in Medibank after 12 months.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      ZubairFebruary 14, 2017Staff

      Hi Kathleen,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Generally, your health insurance benefits will have annual limit, which if you don’t use will expire. In most cases, you will have the same benefit limit the next year, although some funds do offer increasing benefit limits for every year you hold a policy.

      Cheers,
      Zubair

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    HelenFebruary 2, 2017

    How do I find out what pharmaceuticals are approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration but not covered under the Pharmaceutical Benefits scheme which will be covered by teachers health?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      RichardFebruary 3, 2017Staff

      Hi Helen,

      Thanks for getting in touch. To find out if your medications will be covered, you should contact Teachers Health Fund directly.

      Cheers,
      Richard

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    VanessaDecember 8, 2016

    Hi,
    I’m wondering what benefits THF might pay for abdominoplasty (not cosmetic surgery). Is there a link for specific procedures such as this?
    Another question. I’m currently in a different fund for Top hospital with $1000 excess. If I transfer over to THF Top hospital, are there any conditions , additional waiting or exceptions to cover?

    Thanks

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      RichardDecember 8, 2016Staff

      Hi Vanessa,

      Thanks for getting in touch. finder.com.au is a comparison service and Teachers Health is not currently part of the panel of funds we have access to and there is no reference to abdominoplasty on their site. It looks like Bupa may still offer cover for this so you may wish to get in contact with them as they offer cover for lipectomy in some circumstances.

      I hope this was helpful,
      Richard

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    JulieApril 1, 2016

    I’m trying to find a list of hospitals which hold an agreement with teachers health . Could you provide me with a link to these?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      RichardApril 4, 2016Staff

      Hi Julie,

      Thanks for your question. finder.com.au is a comparison service and not an insurer. It looks like that section of the Teachers site seems to be down. You should get in touch with them directly by either calling 1300 727 538 or emailing info@teachershealth.com.au for this information.

      I hope this was helpful,
      Richard

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    RhondaJanuary 12, 2016

    Does top hospital pay an amount towards funerals?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      RichardJanuary 12, 2016Staff

      Hi Rhonda,

      Thanks for your question. No Teachers Health Fund Health Insurance does not cover funerals.

      I hope this was helpful,
      Richard

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