Established in 1951, Latrobe Health was founded by power industry workers to provide hospital and ambulance services for the members of Latrobe Valley in Victoria. Today, Latrobe Health covers 81,000 members Australia-wide.
A not-for-profit fund, Latrobe exists only to support its members, aiming to provide affordable cover, higher benefits and helpful and prompt customer service. Latrobe is still regionally focused and plays an active role in the community.
Nobody chooses to go to hospital. But when you do, appropriate hospital cover will help you get the treatment you need, where and when you want it. It also helps to pay the bills, as fees for hospital rooms and specialists can add up.
Think about what services you’re likely to need, in line with your budget. If you earn over $90,000 individually or $180,000 as a couple, taking out appropriate hospital cover may avoid paying the Medicare Levy Surcharge.
Latrobe offers 5 types of hospital cover, ranging from Basic Hospital to cover the essentials, to Gold Hospital for the most comprehensive cover.
Healthy Start is a combined hospital and extras package, providing cover for treatment in public hospitals and restricted cover for treatment in private hospitals. It’s a budget option but the hospital cover comes with a lot of restrictions.
Bronze Plus provides a wide range of services at a weekly cost that’s not much more than the Health Start package. It doesn’t come with extras – you’ll need to take these out at
an extra cost.
The Silver Hospital cover provides a number of key inclusions but doesn’t include any additional items you’d usually find in the highest Gold tier or a Silver Plus policy.
A more extensive – and more expensive – hospital package. Silver Plus covers everything Silver Hospital does but has a number of inclusions that are more likely to be used by older Australians.
Latrobe’s Gold Hospital policy is their most comprehensive hospital policy, and has no restrictions or exclusions. It’s also their only hospital cover to include pregnancy-related items.
Emergency ambulance cover is included in all hospital and extras policies.
From dental, to optical, to chiro and more, extras insurance helps cover the bills for routine treatments with rebates of up to 100%.
While we’ve summarised the key points of each plan below, it’s always worth digging
a little deeper into any gap fees, how much you can claim back, and whether your preferred healthcare provider, such as your local dentist, is recognised by the health fund.
Take the time to work out what you need and what you’re prepared to pay. If this feels
a bit overwhelming, you can speak to one of our experts.
Latrobe offers seven different extras cover packages, which we’ve summarised below. Basic Extras is only available with hospital cover. Latrobe’s other plans can be purchased with or without hospital cover.
Basic Extras is designed to cover the basics, such as general dental, optical and some allied health services. You can only purchase this as a combined policy.
Latrobe’s mid-range extras provides cover for common treatments. It’s been designed with families in mind, with items such as speech therapy and antenatal. Major dental and orthodontics aren’t included.
The Singles and Couples package is designed for younger Australians and is similar to the Core Family Extras, but without some of the family specifical items such as antenatal classes, making it a little bit cheaper.
A comprehensive mid-tier policy that comes with a lot more inclusions than the Singles and Couples, and Family packages, such as major dental and orthodontics. There’s a wider range of allied health services, and hearing aids are also included.
Latrobe’s higher level family extras policy but comes with higher benefits and a lot more inclusions. It’s the only package that has access to an infant sleep school and covers Australian Breastfeeding Association fees.
A top tier extras policy designed to cut out items younger Australians probably won’t need to use. It has
a higher level of allied health rebates and access to a stop smoking program.
Latrobe’s general top tier extras policy is available for singles, couples and families. It doesn’t include items such as breastfeeding fees, but is comprehensive and includes health screening for moles and mammograms, making it more suitable for older Australians.
Waiting periods are there to stop people from signing up, claiming and then cancelling their cover. It means once you first take out a plan, you may have to wait a certain amount of time before receiving your benefit.
When you switch to Latrobe from another provider, you won’t have to re-serve your waiting periods, unless your new policy covers something you didn’t have before.
Latrobe offers loyalty benefits on the family, and singles and couples extras packages, with the premium policies offering access to the QUIT smoking course.
Simply tell the hospital you are a member of a Latrobe policy. Your hospital account will be sent directly to Latrobe for them to assess on your behalf. If you’re billed directly via your provider, you can also claim via your MyGov account or by going into a Medicare office.
You can swipe your membership card to claim directly on the spot with your provider’s HICAPS terminal.
You can also claim via the Latrobe Health claiming app, or fill out the claim form and send it via email or mail.
Latrobe has agreements with a large number of hospital and day surgery providers across Australia.
When comparing policies, it’s worth checking if your preferred local hospitals and clinics are covered. Our specialists at Health Insurance Comparison can do this for you.
Source: Private Health Ombudsman
From 1 January to 31 March 2020, the Private Health Ombudsman received 9 complaints from Latrobe members, making up 1.1% of total complaints. Latrobe has a market share of 0.7%.
Source: Private Health Ombudsmans
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