1 Urgent Ambulance Take the financial worry out of calling an ambulance.
2 Contents 4 Why HBF? 7 What does HBF Urgent Ambulance cover? 7 How soon can you claim? 7 How to join HBF 8 What does it cost? 8 Cover for your family 8 Ways to pay 9 Australian Government Rebate on private health insurance 9 Cooling-off period 10 There are a few circumstances where we can t pay a benefit 10 Aged pensioners 10 Will I be covered outside of Australia? 11 Your rights and obligations 13 Your privacy HBF Urgent Ambulance cover is a great low-cost way to safeguard you and your family especially when you consider a trip in an ambulance could cost more than $898 if you don t have Urgent Ambulance cover. 2 3
3 Why HBF? We re not for profit; we re for your health As a not for profit business, we don t have shareholders to pay so we can focus on giving as much back as possible to our members. We live where you live With 19 branches here in WA, we make it easy for our members to speak to us face-to-face. And when you want to call, we re on the same time as you. WA s largest and most trusted health insurer We ve been looking after the health of West Australians for over 70 years. Today we re the largest health fund in WA, with over 900,000 members. More satisfied members HBF has over half a million members who have been with us for more than ten years. And we have fewer complaints made to the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman than any other fund, relative to our market share. Partners in health and happiness We re here to help you live the happiest, healthiest life possible. So as an HBF member you have access to: Free fitness training sessions Our free group training sessions are held throughout the year in the Perth metropolitan area and major regional centres. Find out more at hbffitness.com.au. Discounted entry to HBF Run for a Reason, presented by The West Australian HBF members receive an exclusive 20% discount on the entry fee. Home, car and travel insurance discounts Choose HBF for your general insurance needs and enjoy healthy member discounts. Mobile personal health record Pocket Health is an app that makes it easy to keep track of your health info. Download it from the App Store or Google Play or find out more at hbf.com.au/pockethealth. Discounts on healthy community events Receive discounted entry to triathlons and running events. Find out more at hbffitness.com.au. Friendlies benefits HBF have partnered with Friendlies to help keep you well with a range of health services and 15% off everyday purchases - with a few exceptions like already discounted products and restricted pharmaceuticals, health services and products. Just show your HBF card at any Friendlies pharmacy. For a full list of services, visit friendliespharmacies.com.au. 4 5
4 Ambulance services aren t free and they re not covered by Medicare. For as little as $1.30^ per week, HBF Urgent Ambulance provides unlimited cover for urgent ambulance transport. Alternatively, it is included in any of our Hospital policies and most of our Extras policies. What does HBF Urgent Ambulance cover? HBF Urgent Ambulance provides unlimited cover for urgent ambulance transport by road in WA ( urgent means circumstances classified by St John Ambulance as requiring urgent attention). Outside WA, we will fully cover the cost for medically necessary ambulance transport by road to a hospital emergency department for treatment. How soon can you claim? There s a seven-day waiting period from the date of joining before you can claim for urgent ambulance services. How to join HBF It only takes a few minutes to take out Urgent Ambulance cover: Call us on Go to hbf.com.au Visit an HBF branch (the addresses are on the back page of this booklet) If you need cover for non-urgent ambulance transport, you can add Ambulance Plus to any HBF Hospital policy. Talk to us for more details. ^$1.30 equates to $69.40 per annum. Based on WA rates for a single Urgent Ambulance policy paid annually and after deducting the Australian Government % Rebate on private health insurance. Other rebates may apply depending on age and income. 6 7
5 What does it cost? Urgent Ambulance cover Single membership* Family membership* Yearly with % rebate $69.40 $ Yearly with % rebate $78.35 $ Yearly with 9.273% rebate $87.25 $ Yearly with no rebate $96.20 $ Depending on your age and income you may be eligible for a different rebate. Cover for your family Family membership covers you, your partner and dependent children. Children are covered on their parent s policy until they re 25 years old as long as they re studying full-time or earning less than $21,250 taxable income in a calendar year and not married or in a de facto relationship. Children will be covered until the end of the year they turn 18 as long as they re not married or in a de facto relationship, regardless of their income or whether they re studying. Ways to pay Direct debit You can choose to have your payments automatically deducted from your chosen savings, cheque or credit card account. Statement We can send you an annual statement for you to pay at hbf.com.au, via Bpay, by mailing a cheque, calling HBF on or visiting an HBF branch. Australian Government Rebate on private health insurance The Australian Government Rebate on private health insurance reduces the cost of health cover for people eligible for Medicare and under the income threshold. If everyone covered on your policy is eligible for Medicare benefits, you may be eligible for the Australian Government Rebate on private health insurance. The table below outlines the rebate you may receive. Simply select your income and age bracket to find out your estimated rebate entitlement. Base tier Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Single $90,000 or less $90, ,000 $105, ,000 $140,001 or more Families $180,000 or less $180, ,000 $210, ,000 $280,001 or more Age Australian Government Rebate Under % % 9.273% 0% % % % 0% 70 and over % % % 0% Medicare Levy Surcharge All ages 0.0% 1.0% 1.25% 1.5% For families with children, the thresholds are increased by $1500 for each child after the first child. Cooling-off period We want you to be sure that you ve chosen the policy that best suits your needs, so you have a 30-day cooling-off period from the start date of your policy. During this time, you may cancel your policy and receive a full refund for any premiums you ve paid as long as you haven t made a claim. *Price based on WA rates for a yearly premium. 8 9
6 There are a few circumstances where we can t pay a benefit We don t pay a benefit: If your membership is unfinancial at the time of service On claims covered by workers compensation, third party or other legal right For services provided outside of Australia Before the service has been received If a claim is not lodged within two years of the date of service For air ambulance services Aged pensioners If you re an aged pensioner you may not need urgent ambulance cover because in some circumstances the WA State Government provides free ambulance services. Please contact the WA Health Department for more information. Will I be covered outside of Australia? Australian health funds are not legally permitted to pay benefits for treatment or services provided outside Australia. You may want to take out travel insurance that covers benefits for emergency treatment received overseas. If you are away for longer than two months you can suspend your health cover without having to re-serve waiting periods when you return. It won t cost you anything to suspend your cover, and you won t need to pay for your Urgent Ambulance cover while you re out of Australia. Please contact us if you d like to suspend your cover. Your rights and obligations When we provide you with products and services we believe you should have access to information about your rights and obligations. The following pages explain some of your key obligations and rights, as well as HBF s obligations to you. You ll also find information about how we operate and how we collect information. Specifically, this information will help you to understand the Private Health Insurance Code of Conduct, how we protect your privacy, where you can access more information and how to raise a concern or make a complaint. HBF Fund Rules All registered health funds are required to have fund rules under the Private Health Insurance Act These Fund Rules set out the general principles and rules of membership under which each fund conducts its business. When you take out private health insurance with HBF, you become a member of our fund and you agree to our Fund Rules. As a member of HBF, you have rights and obligations concerning your health insurance policy and membership. It s important that you re aware of the contents of the Fund Rules as they form the terms and conditions of your policy, so please ensure you read them. We recommend that these Fund Rules be read together with your Policy Certificate and the brochures relevant to your cover. Private Health Insurance Code of Conduct HBF is a signatory to the Private Health Insurance Code of Conduct (the Code). The Code is designed to help you by providing clear information and transparency in your relationships with health funds. The Code covers four main areas of conduct in private health insurance. They are: People selling private health insurance are properly trained. Members are aware of the internal and external dispute resolution procedures available in the event that they have a dispute with their health fund. Policy documentation contains all the information that members require in a way that enables them to make a fully informed decision about their purchase. Members purchasing health insurance from persons other than the health funds employees understand the nature of the arrangement between the fund and the person selling the insurance on the fund s behalf. To obtain the HBF Fund Rules, visit hbf.com.au/fundrules or contact us on
7 Your privacy HBF s obligation to you under the Code We will endeavour to: work towards improving the standards of practice and service within HBF, provide information to our members in plain language, promote better informed decisions about our private health insurance products and services: -- by ensuring that our policy documentation is full and complete, -- by providing an effective and clear verbal or written explanation of the contents of the policy documentation, and -- by ensuring that our employees providing information on health insurance are appropriately trained, provide information to members on their rights and obligations under their relationship with HBF, including information on the Code, and provide members with easy access to our internal dispute resolution procedures, which will be undertaken in a fair and reasonable manner, and advise them of their rights to take an issue to an external body, such as the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman. How the Code helps HBF members Apart from promoting improved standards in clarity and usefulness of information given to members, the Code is designed to help solve problems between members and HBF. HBF has a complaints handling process for members who may have a dispute with us. Examples of disputes include: contents of advertising by HBF, representations made to the member when they purchased a product, features of their product, and benefits paid under their product. You can access HBF s complaint handling process by visiting your nearest HBF branch, by contacting an HBF member service advisor on , or by writing to us at GPO Box C101, Perth If you re not satisfied with the outcome of your concern you can ask to have it reviewed by the internal dispute resolution process. Complaints should be addressed to: HBF Dispute Manager GPO Box C101, Perth 6839 Phone: Fax: (08) If a resolution is still not reached to your satisfaction you can: contact the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman by ringing toll free on , or by writing to Suite 2, Level 22, 580 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000, forward the problem to a health care complaints commission or fair trading body in your state of residence, or report HBF s behaviour to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Your documentation All documentation regarding your policy is important. Please read it carefully and contact us if you require any further information. Please keep your policy certificate in a safe place for future reference. How can I get a copy of the Code? A full copy of the Code is available at privatehealth.com.au/codeofconduct or by calling HBF on We are HBF Health Limited ABN which provides private health insurance (under the brands HBF Health and GMF Health). References to HBF us, we or our include HBF, HBF Health, GMF Health, and other business names, and where the context requires, other related bodies corporate (collectively HBF). At HBF, we comply with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act). We respect the privacy of your personal information. We process personal details on a daily basis and are committed to ensuring that the privacy and security of personal information remains protected. Personal information is information or an opinion about an individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable, whether the information or opinion is true or not, or is recorded in a material form or not. It includes your name, age, gender and contact details as well as your sensitive information (which includes health information). Collection, use and disclosure of your personal information HBF collects and uses your personal (including sensitive) information (Information) to provide you with private health insurance and health and wellness related services, including to: manage our ongoing relationship with you; administer, process and audit private health insurance premiums and claims and pay benefits; assess your suitability for, enrol you in and administer health and wellness related services such as chronic disease management programs and health management programs; provide you with access to smartphone applications and website portals in relation to managing your health, your private health insurance membership and your relationship with us; conduct market research that informs the strategic direction of HBF, by seeking to understand ways to improve the health of members, the effectiveness of marketing activities, the member experience and the products and services HBF offer; manage, review and develop our private health insurance products and related services whether provided by us or other parties on our behalf; manage, review, develop and improve our business and operational processes, including training and systems, provided by us or other parties on our behalf; resolve any legal and/or commercial complaints or issues including compensation recovery; prevent, detect and follow up fraudulent or invalid claims or misrepresentations; meet legislative requirements relating to private health insurers; and perform any of our other functions and activities relating to our private health insurance and health and wellness businesses. HBF may collect your Information from you, the person responsible for the management of your private health insurance membership (Principal Policyholder) or a person authorised to provide us this information on your behalf in order to, amongst other things, provide you with private health insurance cover and pay you benefits. HBF may also collect your Information from one of its related bodies corporate (in order to, amongst other things, investigate potential fraudulent claims and misrepresentations) or a third party such as a health service provider, broker or employer (in order to, amongst other things, provide you with private health insurance cover and pay you benefits). HBF also engages third parties to carry out functions on behalf of HBF (such as claims administration, membership management services, facilitators to organise and manage hospitals, doctors and health service providers, providers of claims advice and chronic disease management program providers) and they may collect your Information from you and pass this Information to HBF
9 Ni hao! Go to hbf.com.au Visit a branch Mon to Fri: 9am to 5pm Sat: 9am to 12.30pm* Call us Mon to Fri: 7am to 6pm Sat: 8am to 2pm Postal address GPO Box C101 Perth 6839 Stay in touch Find us at HBF Health Metropolitan branches Perth 96 William St Belmont Belmont Forum Booragoon * Garden City Cannington * Carousel Fremantle Corner Market St and High St Mall Mandurah 32 Pinjarra Rd Midland * Midland Gate Morley * Galleria Rockingham * Rockingham Subiaco 142 Rokeby Rd Success Cockburn Gateway We speak your language If English is not your first language, our multilingual team is fluent in many languages including Mandarin, Cantonese and Hindi. Call us on Hillarys Whitford City Innaloo Innaloo Joondalup * Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City Karrinyup * Karrinyup Regional branches Albany 21 Albany Hwy Bunbury 12 Arthur St Busselton 2/90-92 Queen St Geraldton Northgate Even the healthiest bodies need looking after. HBF is the Official Health Partner of WA s favourite teams, the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles. HBF Health Limited ABN The information in this brochure is correct at time of print. Minor changes may have occurred since that date. If major changes occur, the brochure will be replaced. Details of any minor changes can be obtained from HBF on request. C HI /07/15