Changes to age of dependants on their parent’s health cover
What are age-based discounts?
The Government wants to encourage more young people to get private health insurance, so it’s allowing health funds to discount premiums for people aged 18–29.
I’m in this age group. Can I get an age-based discount from HCF?
This reform was an optional change for health funds. As a member-based fund we’re taking the time to understand how offering age-based discounts would affect all our members. This is something we’ll continue to work on.
In the meantime, to help make health cover more accessible for you we've launched new hospital and extras packages designed for younger people – HCF My Future Basic Plus, with three excess levels to choose from - $250, $500 and $750. These lower-cost packages feature the treatments and services you’re most likely to need, with more flexibility in how you use your extras.
Call 13 13 34 for more information on HCF My Future Basic Plus packages.
What other options do I have if I’m 18–29?
If your parent(s) are with HCF you can be covered on their policy if:
- You’re 22–24, single and a full time student. Your parents can register you as a Student Dependant. If they do this at the start of the academic year you can be covered at no extra cost to them until you turn 25, or you finish your studies (whichever comes first).
- You’re not a student, but are 22–24. Your parents may be able to get Extended Family Cover. It’s only available on certain levels of cover so get in touch to find out if you’re eligible.
- You're 18–21 and not married or in a de facto relationship. Once you turn 22 you can consider options 1 and 2.