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Lifetime health cover

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Lifetime Health Cover

Lifetime Health Cover is a Government initiative that started on 1 July 2000. It was designed to encourage people to take out hospital insurance earlier in life, and to maintain their cover.

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Changes to Lifetime Health Cover

This section of the website contains information on changes to Lifetime Health Cover. Lifetime Health Cover (LHC) was introduced in July 2000 and involves a penalty for people aged over 30 who do not hold private health insurance hospital cover.

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Private health insurance

Links to information about private health insurance for consumers, including Lifetime Health Cover, Australian Government Rebate on private health insurance and frequently asked questions.

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Overseas Visitors' Health Cover

This page provides information about health insurance eligibility for overseas visitors to Australia.

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Anxiety and depression in older people

In Australia, it is estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime.

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Get Set 4 Life - Habits for Healthy Kids Guide

The Get Set 4 Life Habits for Healthy Kids Guide provides practical information on childrens health and covers techniques and tips for teaching children healthy habits that could last a lifetime. Key areas of health and age appropriate development covered in the booklet include: healthy eating, regular exercise, speech and language, oral health and more.

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Private health insurance - frequently asked questions

This page contains frequently asked questions by consumers about Private Health Insurance.

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Australian health system: how it works - myDr.com.au

Australia's healthcare system - find out how it works, which health services are funded by the governments and which services are privately funded.

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Symptoms of depression

Depression is a common experience with one in seven Australians experiencing depression in their lifetime. We all experience periods when we feel low and a bit depressed. Experiences such as having a bad day at work or hearing some bad news can impact on our mood. Sometimes we can even feel sad for no reason at all.

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Problem gambling and depression

This fact sheet looks at the links between depression and gambling problems, and highlights some ways to identify gambling problems and seek help and treatment.

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