Quitting smoking for World No Tobacco Day 2017?

Richard Laycock 31 May 2017 NEWS

Woman standing outside breaking a cigarette in front of her face

Find out if your health fund covers quit smoking programs or nicotine replacement therapy.

It's 31 May 2017, which means it is World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) and in the spirit of WNTD, we thought we would look at how your health fund might be able to help you quit smoking in 2017.

If you have extras cover as part of your private health insurance, you may be able to claim for several services and benefits that are designed to help you with smoking cessation.

The first benefit you may be able to claim is for quit smoking programs. While the quit smoking courses covered vary from fund to fund, programs you might be able to find cover for include:

  • Allen Carr's Easyway
  • Smokenders
  • UIT Foundation

You may also be able to claim for nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) devices, such as:

  • Patches
  • Gum
  • Lozenges
  • Inhalers

Below is a table with some of the benefits you may be able to claim from 30+ Australian health funds, depending on your extras policy.

FundBenefit
ACA Health Benefits Fund
  • Approved quit smoking programs
ahm Health Insurance
  • Approved quit smoking programs
  • Nicotine replacement therapies
Australian Unity Health
  • Approved quit smoking programs
Bupa
  • Approved quit smoking programs
  • Nicotine replacement therapies
CBHS Health Fund
  • Approved quit smoking programs
CDH Benefits Fund
  • Approved quit smoking programs
CUA Health
  • Approved quit smoking programs
Defence Health
  • Approved quit smoking programs
  • Nicotine replacement therapies
Doctors Health Fund
  • Approved quit smoking programs
Frank Health Insurance
  • Approved quit smoking programs
GMF Health
  • Approved quit smoking programs
GMHBA
  • Approved quit smoking programs
  • Nicotine replacement therapies
GU Corporate Health
  • Approved quit smoking programs
HBF Health
  • Approved quit smoking programs
  • Nicotine replacement therapies
HCF
  • Approved quit smoking programs
Health Care Insurance
  • Approved quit smoking programs
Health Partners
  • Approved quit smoking programs
health.com.au
  • Approved quit smoking programs
HIF
  • Approved quit smoking programs
Latrobe Health Services
  • Approved quit smoking programs
Medibank Private
  • Approved quit smoking programs
Mildura Health Fund
  • Approved quit smoking programs
Onemedifund
  • Approved quit smoking programs
Navy Health
  • Approved quit smoking programs
NIB
  • Approved quit smoking programs
  • Nicotine replacement therapies
Peoplecare
  • Approved quit smoking programs
Phoenix Health
  • Approved quit smoking programs
Police Health
  • Approved quit smoking programs
Queensland Country Health
  • Approved quit smoking programs
RT Health
  • Approved quit smoking programs
RBHS
  • Approved quit smoking programs
St.Lukes Health
  • Approved quit smoking programs
Teachers Health Fund
  • Approved quit smoking programs
Transport Health
  • Approved quit smoking programs
TUH
  • Approved quit smoking programs
  • Nicotine replacement therapies
Westfund Limited
  • Approved quit smoking programs

Depending on your health fund and your extras benefits, you may be able to claim for other services, such as hypnotherapy, which is often covered under the broader health programs section of your policy.

Want to quit? Call Quitline on 13 7848 or download the My QuitBuddy app, which is available for download, free from the App Store, Google Play and Windows Store.

If you're in the market for extras cover, check 30+ health insurance brands using our comparison engine.

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