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How much does private health insurance cost?

Need private health insurance but worried about the cost? Find out what you'll be paying for health insurance.

The one question everyone wants an answer to when looking for health insurance: "How much is this going to cost?" Unfortunately, there is no one answer.

The cost of private health insurance in Australia varies depending on a variety of factors. From where you live to level of cover you need. However, finder.com.au compared range of open private health insurance policies from 30+ funds in Australia listed on PrivateHealth.gov.au to find out which fund offered the cheapest policy, the most expensive policy and the average cost of cover in each state.

We found the average cost of of a hospital policy in Australia is around $2,000 per year. While an extras policy could cost you roughly $850 on average per year. Keep reading to find out more.

Disclaimer: This article was written using pricing data gathered in 2016 and is subject to change. Prices shown in this article should be viewed as illustrative only and not be used as a guide to how much you will pay for your cover.

Compare 2018 prices from over 30 Australian health funds

Richard Laycock

About the author
Richard Laycock is the Insurance Editor at finder, and has been wrangling insurance Product Disclosure Statements for the last 4 years. When he’s not helping Aussies make sense of the fine print, he can be found testing the quality of Aperol Spritzes in his new found home of New York. Richard studied Journalism at Macquarie University and The Missouri School of Journalism, and has a Tier 1 certification in General Advice for Life Insurance. He has also been published in CSO Australia and Dynamic Business.

Which were the most expensive policies?

Standing out isn't always a good thing. One policy that jumped out was the Ultra Health Cover SPFWAC from Medibank in Victoria, which cost a staggering $1,152.75 per month for a single person. HBF came in a close second with its Ultimate with GapSaver $1200, which if you lived in Western Australia would set you back $1,132.90 per month.

Across Australia three policies from three funds were consistently the most expensive:

  • HBF. Ultimate with GapSaver
  • Medibank. Ultra Health Cover
  • Westfund. Platinum Plus
FundPolicyStateCost p/m
HBFUltimate with GapSaverWA$623.70
MedibankUltra Health CoverVIC$526.70
MedibankUltra Health CoverQLD$489.70
WestfundPlatinum PlusVIC$487.45
BupaUltimate Health CoverVIC$469.65
MedibankUltra Health CoverSA$464.90
MedibankUltra Health CoverACT$464.30
MedibankUltra Health CoverNSW$464.30
BupaUltimate Health CoverQLD$461.70
health.com.auHigh85QLD$458.03

How do Australian health insurers compare on cost?

Medibank Victoria followed by HBF Western Australia and Bupa New South Wales offered the top three most expensive combined policies, with the cheapest three combined policies coming from ahm in the Northern Territory.

If you live in Northern Territory, you can also take advantage of the country's cheapest extras policy from HCF, which is available for $8. Westfund offer the next two cheapest policies at $9.97, which is available around the country. The most expensive extras policy in Australia comes from Medibank, which is available to NSW residents for $471.65.

Doctors' Health Fund members in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Queensland can all expect to pay $634.90 for a top hospital insurance policy. Once again, the Northern Territory has the cheapest policies, with HBF providing the cheapest hospital policy for $28.55.

How much does health insurance in different states of Australia

The table below is the average cost per state, across the various tiers of cover, of health insurance in Australia.

StateCombinedExtrasHospital
ACT$246.43$75.347$182.13
NSW$242.58$75.347$182.13
NT$189.11$68.43$131.85
QLD$242.95$73.98$188.96
SA$240.86$74.94$177.18
TAS$241.96$71.56$185.49
VIC$251.45$74.24$193.73
WA$233.89$76.15$165.73

How does the cost of health insurance vary depending on the level of cover?

Level of coverCombinedGeneral TreatmentHospital
Public$189.17n/a$107.26
Basic$200.48$41.88$148.60
Medium$296.31$72.25$205.23
Top$300.06215.78$98.93

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    BonnieMarch 15, 2018

    I am thinking about making a permanent move to Australia. I would be paying cash for a home and would like to know what health insurance coverage would cost on average. I am a retired.

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      LiezlMarch 22, 2018Staff

      Hi Bonnie,

      Thanks for reaching out to finder!

      Health insurance costs vary depending on which state you’ll reside and the level of cover you want. The tables above list down the average premium costs for each tier across different states. You may also refer to the comparison tables on this page for the starting costs of various overseas visitors health covers.

      Feel free to message us again if you have further questions.

      Cheers,
      Liezl

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