Is Wollongong’s Peoplecare health fund right for you?
Peoplecare started in Wollongong, but offers hospital insurance to everyone around Australia. With a focus on simplicity and affordable policies, it might be worth considering.
Find out whether Peoplecare hospital cover is right for you.
The hospital cover options
There are three levels of cover available.
- Basic hospital
- Mid hospital (closed to new members)
- Premium hospital
The following key will help you understand the different types of cover shown in the table below:
- Covered in a private hospital
- Covered as a private patient in a public hospital
- Not covered. You may have to go with Medicare as a public patient in a public hospital.
|Basic hospital||Mid hospital|
(closed to new members)
|Pregnancy and birth related|
|Major eye surgery|
|Dialysis for chronic renal failure|
|Plastic and reconstructive surgery|
|Hip and knee replacements and related services|
|Other joint replacements and related services|
|Spinal procedures and related services|
|Gastric banding and obesity-related services|
|Other Medicare eligible services|
|Cover for any non-Medicare services?|
What are the benefits and features of the cover?
Peoplecare includes 100% unlimited ambulance cover for necessary transport in all its hospital policies. It also operates a medical gap scheme with participating doctors around Australia, to help keep costs down.
You can choose from a number of cover options, so consider what they have to offer and how they compare with other health funds.
Picking a policy
The four hospital options range from public hospital only cover, to comprehensive premium hospital cover. Each has some notable features:
- Basic hospital: This gives you private hospital cover for all Medicare procedures not otherwise specified. The most notable of these is probably cancer treatment. Other than this, your cover is still relatively limited, and you will often need to go through Medicare as a public patient to avoid significant extra expenses.
- Mid hospital (closed to new members): On the whole, this policy is very similar to basic hospital cover, but has a handful of additional specialised procedures. The main difference is that you can get certain joint replacements in private hospital, although you will still need to go through the public hospital waiting list for hip and knee replacements. Unlike other health funds, Peoplecare includes private hospital cover for gastric banding and reconstructive surgery under this mid-level cover.
- Premium hospital: Full private hospital cover for all Medicare services, without any excluded treatments, and your choice of excess. This type of cover is typical for top hospital cover with almost all health funds and may be a useful option if Peoplecare is more affordable than equivalent products by other health funds.
Limitations and waiting periods
Waiting periods apply as follows:
- 12 months: Obstetrics and pre-existing conditions except palliative care, rehabilitation and psychiatric
- 2 months: Everything else, including pre-existing palliative care, rehabilitation and psychiatric
- None: Ambulance and accident cover
How to make claims
You will generally need to pay any relevant gap expenses and excess to the hospital, while Peoplecare will typically be in contact with the hospital or doctors to pay the other amounts directly.
If the doctor does not send the bill straight to Peoplecare, you may need to submit a two-way Medicare claim form to Peoplecare yourself.
How to pay premiums
You can pay premiums by automatic direct debit, as specified when you sign up, or you can log in to the online member's area to pay premiums with a credit card.
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