How private health insurance can support your health and wellbeing

Your private health insurance is more than just a policy – in many ways, it can encourage you and your family to live a healthier life.

Taking advantage of the benefits and programs that your policy offers, like natural therapies, dental health, dietitian and mental health services, enables you to support and enhance your family’s wellbeing, improve your health and manage existing conditions. Here’s a look at how you can get the most out of your benefits.

Regular dental health check-ups

Maintaining good dental hygiene ensures a fresh smile and clean gums – but it’s also an important step in reducing your risk of gum disease.

Additionally, gum disease and tooth problems could be more common in those with diabetes – so it’s especially important to proactively maintain healthy teeth and gums if you have diabetes.

It’s also thought there could be a link between heart disease and dental health, though researchers are still investigating exactly what this relationship entails. Some forms of gum disease might increase the risk for heart and vessel problems. Regular check-ups with your dentist can help to reduce the risk of any gum problems and keep your teeth healthy.

Defence Health’s dental benefits can be combined with a minimum saving of 15% off your dental treatment at a network dentist, helping to reduce your out-of-pocket expenses. Most forms of cover also offer a range of no gap preventive dental benefits when you visit a network dentist, within limits. Find out more about our dental health benefits on our website.

Alternative therapies

At Defence Health, we cover a range of alternative therapies, including remedial massage, acupuncture and aromatherapy – as well as chiropractic and osteopath treatments.

Alternative therapies can help assist with a range of health conditions and concerns – in addition to conventional medical treatments – as recommended by your healthcare professional. Depending on your unique requirements, alternative therapies can help to prevent an illness or treat an existing condition.

Psychology services to enhance your mental health

Each year, almost one in every five Australians will experience a mental illness. Your private health insurance policy includes benefits for psychology services to help you manage mental health concerns such as stress, anxiety and depression. If you feel you are at risk of these conditions, or have suffered from them in the past, you should consider psychology services for prevention as well as management.

Psychology services can help to support your mental health if you’re looking for additional support outside your close circle of family and friends. You can find out more about psychology services included in your policy by referring to your product guide, or give us a call.

Vacation preparation

All of Defence Health’s private health insurance policies include a pharmacy benefit for vaccinations. Whether you are posted overseas or travelling for holiday – you can take advantage of this benefit to ensure your vaccinations are up to date before you go travelling. Helping to reduce the chance of severe illness in the unlikely event you come into contact with a vaccine-preventable disease.

Healthy eating advice

These days, more and more of us are looking for advice on how to eat healthily – and with so many conflicting tips out there, it can be hard to know who to trust. A qualified dietitian will give you credible, current advice on how to improve your diet and eat well in the long-term – and with Defence Health extras cover you may receive a benefit.

Whether your goal is to create a specific meal plan for weight loss or simply enhance the quality of your daily meals, dietitians will create a tailored plan for your individual health goals. Dietitians can also be helpful for those with specific health concerns like needing more energy, wanting to eat well for a healthy pregnancy, or training for a particular sporting event.

Helping you stay well

Many of the benefits available under extras cover are aimed at the everyday health care that will keep you well and out of hospital. Check your product guide to see exactly what treatment is available and the benefit you’ll receive.

At Defence Health every member of the family has their own individual benefits available to them. And if you hit a limit, don’t forget that most benefits will reset on 1 July each year. By making the most of your private health insurance you’ll be happier and healthier.


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