PHI 24/15

This circular issued by the Private Health Insurance Branch contains information about the Private Health Insurance Act 2007

Page last updated: 15 April 2015

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15 April 2015

Extension of Private Health Insurance Act 2007 to Norfolk Island

The Australian Government is delivering on its election commitment to introduce taxation, social security and healthcare arrangements on Norfolk Island from 1 July 2016.

These significant reforms will help deliver equity and economic stability to Norfolk Island and ensure residents have access to essential services that all Australians deserve.

The changes will include amendments to the Private Health Insurance Act 2007 that will see Australian citizens and permanent residents who are resident on Norfolk Island no longer being deemed to be living overseas.

Australian citizens and permanent residents who are resident on Norfolk Island will be Medicare eligible and will no longer need to take out Overseas Visitor Health Cover (OVHC) for treatment in mainland Australia. With Medicare eligibility, Norfolk Islanders will also be eligible to choose any private health insurance product offered by insurers to Australian citizens and permanent residents living on the mainland.

Lifetime Health Cover

From 1 July 2016, any Australian citizens and permanent residents who are resident on Norfolk Island will have 12 months to decide whether to take out a private health insurance policy without incurring a Lifetime Health Cover (LHC) loading.

Waiting Periods

The Department of Health encourages insurers to consider waiving waiting periods for current Norfolk Island holders of an OVHC policy, if the eligible OVHC policyholder chooses to take out a private health insurance policy with the same company.

Further Information

For further information, please contact the Private Health Insurance Branch Executive Officer on (02) 6289 7213 or email Private Health.

If you require further information please telephone: (02) 6289 9853/24 hr answering machine or email the enquiry to Private Health Insurance Branch.

For more information visit 2015 Private Health Insurance (PHI) Circulars.

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