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Medibank Life Insurance Review

Is Medibank Life insurance right for you? Look at Medibank options for life, income protection and funeral insurance.

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When you compare life insurance providers, it is easy to automatically just opt for one of the big names, assuming they must be doing something right. However, choosing your life insurance provider is as important as choosing the policy, the inclusions and the variables of the policy, but luckily, in choosing Medibank life insurance you are getting one of the big names who really does deserve the reputation as an industry leader.

Medibank Private is not just one of the biggest insurers in Australia, they are the country's largest provider of private health insurance and solutions. In addition to the billions of dollars of claims paid each year and the hundreds of thousands of clinical services provided each year, Medibank are protecting your wellbeing and your family into the future. does not currently have access to this insurance provider. You may wish to view the primary providers that you can receive quotes on here.
Maximum sum insuredUp to $2.5 million, depending on your age and income
Age of entry16 - 70
How do I apply?Online with Medibank

Information based on the Life Insurance policy and last checked on June 2020. Always consult the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS).

  • Increase your life insurance sum without another health / medical questionnaire*
  • Level premiums are not offered
  • Add optional trauma insurance and/or permanently unable to work cover onto your policy
  • Cover is guaranteed to renew as long as premiums are paid
  • Runner up for Finder's 2019 Best Life Insurance Award

*Only for specific events e.g. marriage or having children. Information based on the Life Insurance policy and last checked on June 2020. Always consult the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS).

This cover might be suitable if:

  • You want the flexibility to increase your cover in the future if you need to (e.g. after having kids) - without another health / lifestyle questionnaire.
  • You are after additional cover (not just death cover).
  • You'd like to apply quickly for life insurance online.

Apply carefully if:

  • You have pre-existing conditions - make sure you can declare your condition during the application for assessment. Otherwise, they could be excluded at claim time.

Don't get this cover if:

  • You want 'level premiums' that don't increase with age.
  • You are over 65 years of age.

Information based on the Life Insurance policy and was last checked on April 2019. Always consult the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS).

Medibank as a company

Medibank Australia sets itself apart from other insurers by offering leading value in:

  • Sustainability program and corporate responsibility: Allows Medibank to focus on the environment, and the social and economic issues which are impacting Australians the most. Medibank also uses its community fund to spread preventative health messages and enact long term changes in the positive health of all Australians, which is a 1% donation of the company's pre tax profits.
  • Strong and relatable company values: It is always easier to work with someone who understands you, and thinks in the same way you do, which is why Medibank has a strong values system, which sees them: treat their customers as they would like to be treated, commit to services and deliver what is promised, provide open, honest and transparent services, and celebrate each others differences and engage as equals.
  • Large company, small prices: Some businesses will inflate their prices as they grow in order to maintain a certain price point image. However, while Medibank has customers and offers services in health and insurance around Australia and New Zealand, it uses this reach and strength to maintain affordability and relevance for every customer.

Cover options available from Medibank

There are three main cover types: Life Insurance, 'Starter Life Insurance', Income Protection Insurance and Funeral Insurance. Note - all cover types offer:

  • 10% discount for Medibank health members
  • Worldwide cover applies 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Life Insurance

  • Get covered for up to $2.5 million (depending on your age and income at time of application) when you die or are diagnosed with a terminal illness
  • Tailor your policy with options like trauma cover
  • You can be approved over the phone (subject to approval)

Note: Be sure to check the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) for terms and conditions.

Starter Life Insurance

This is Medibank's basic cover. One thing to understand is that it's an 'automatic acceptance' policy which means it may not be suitable if you have a pre-existing medical condition.

  • Provides a lump sum payment of $50,000 up to $250,000 (depending on your age and income at time of application) when you die or are diagnosed with a terminal illness
  • $15,000 advance benefit payment to cover funeral cost or similar expenses
  • Easy application - no medical or blood tests required
  • Cover guaranteed renewable for life provided premiums are always paid

Note: Be sure to check the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) for terms and conditions.

Income Protection Insurance

  • Provides a replacement income when you are unable to work due to illness or injury
  • Maximum monthly benefit of $7,500 (on Standard Cover) and replace up to 75% of your pre-tax earnings
  • Choice of benefit periods: one, two or five years (on Standard Cover)
  • Choice of waiting periods: 30 or 90 days
  • Lump sum Death Benefit of three times the monthly insured amount
  • Easy application - no medical or blood tests
  • Premiums are usually tax-deductible
  • Cover renewable until 65 years of age
  • Cover also available for applicants who work less than 20 hours per week
  • Additional benefits if you take out Standard Cover
    • Rehabilitation benefit of up to 50 per cent of the monthly sum insured for up to six months (on Standard Cover), is available to help you return to work
    • Depending on the level of cover, receive a Lump sum benefit if you suffer total and permanent disability (on Standard Cover)

Note: Be sure to check the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) for terms and conditions.

Funeral Insurance

  • Guaranteed acceptance if you are an Australian resident and aged from 18 to 79 years inclusive at time of application
  • Lump sum payment from $3,000 up to $15,000 to help your loved ones pay for funeral expenses when you die, or cover other immediate expenses and debts
  • Terminal illness benefit equal to benefit amount chosen if you are diagnosed
  • Accidental death benefit triples the benefit amount chosen if payable (if death occurs within 90 days of accident)
  • Accidental serious injury benefit triples the benefit amount chosen if payable (if injury is diagnosed within 12 months of accident)
  • Premiums will never increase unless you change your cover
  • Premiums decrease by 3% every continuous five years you hold your policy
  • Benefit amount will never be less than the total premiums paid - your family receive either the chosen benefit amount or the total premiums paid, whichever is greater
  • Cover guaranteed renewable for life provided premiums are always paid

Who is eligible for Medibank life insurance products?

Medibank Life Insurance

  • Medibank Life Insurance is available to Australian residents between 16 and 70 years of age and is guaranteed renewable for life
  • If you want to add Permanently Unable to Work Cover to your policy, you must be aged between 16 and 60 and working on a permanent basis for at least 20 hours per week
  • Optional Trauma Cover is available to applicants aged between 18 and 60.

The amount of cover you can apply for varies depending on your age and income, as shown in the table below:

Age at applicationLife CoverPermanently Unable to Work CoverTrauma Cover
16-45$2.5 million$1.25 million$500,000 (from age 18)
46-55$1.5 million$750,000$250,000

Medibank Income Protection Insurance

  • Medibank Income Protection Insurance offers a benefit of 75% of your monthly Pre-Tax Income up to a maximum of $7,500 and is available to Australian residents aged from 18 to 59 years inclusive
  • Standard Cover is available to people who work more than 20 hours per week in permanent paid employment or self-employment
  • Cover expires on the policy anniversary following your 65th birthday

Medibank Funeral Insurance

  • Medibank Funeral Insurance is available to any Australian resident aged from 18 to 79 years inclusive.
  • It offers a benefit from $3,000 up to $15,000 and cover continues for life

How do I make a claim for Medibank life insurance products?

  • If you (or your legal representative) wish to make a claim under a Medibank life insurance policy, you must phone or write to the insurer to provide notification of your intent to claim
  • You will be sent a claim form that you must complete, sign and return, while the treating doctor or specialist may also have to complete a form at your expense
  • It’s important that you lodge your claim as soon as possible after the claimable event. If you do not notify Medibank within 120 days of the claimable event, your claim may be reduced or refused
  • You will also need to provide proof that the insured event occurred. The proof required varies depending on the nature of your claim, but includes all relevant test, examination and laboratory results

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