We’ve been putting Australians’ health first for more than 85 years. Here’s the story so far.
The ‘Metropolitan Hospitals Fund’ is established. In our first two years, more than 100,000 members join the fund.
Our first service branch opens in Sydney.
We move to our first home on Hamilton Street in Sydney. During World War II, an air-raid shelter is built in the basement of HCF House and patrolled day and night by 24 staff volunteers.
We extend to all of NSW and acquire a new name – ‘Hospitals Contribution Fund of NSW’.
We relocate to Catton Building on Liverpool Street, Sydney.
We celebrate 25 years. Benefit payments for the year total 3.17million pounds.
We add medical benefits, entering into a joint operation with MBF. This arrangement lasts for the next three years.
We install our first computer and electronic data processing becomes an integral part of HCF’s operations.
We expand our operations into VIC as part of a plan to assist Fund contributors throughout Australia. Branch transactions become a larger part of HCF’s business, with 3 out of 5 claims made presented over the counter.
HCF becomes Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia. Along with an official name change, we now have established branch offices in Melbourne, Brisbane and Hobart.
We introduce our Multicover Plan – the first fund to provide cover for the Medical ‘gap’ and for a wide range of other health care services like dental, optical and physiotherapy.
HCF Life Insurance is born.
We have now been putting Australians’ health first for 50 years.
We become the first major sponsor of a new community rescue helicopter service – HCF Careflight – designed to serve the expanding regions west of Sydney.
We open our HCF Dental Centre at HCF House in Sydney with routine dental requirements leaving members with zero out-of-pocket expenses.
The first HCF Eyecare Centre opens.
We establish the HCF Research Foundation to fund research into important projects designed to benefit all Australians – like improving patient safety and enhancing the quality of care.
We merge with Manchester Unity.
We launch My Health Guardian, a health and wellbeing program providing online tools to empower members to make informed choices about preventive health.
We partner with the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, providing Health Check Booths to eligible members at HCF branches.
Our More for eyes, More for teeth and More for muscles programs launch to reduce and eliminate out of pocket expenses for our members.
We launch HCF Catalyst, a corporate-supported accelerator aimed at startups and scaleups in the health tech space.
We launch our Preparing for Hospital tool – an online bank of easy-to-use resources to help people better understand some of the most common hospital procedures.
We celebrate 85 years of putting members and their health first.