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BREAKING: GP Co-payments are going, going, gone

Congratulations, members. You did it! There are front-page reports today (pictured) confirming what many suspected – that the Federal Government has heeded the concerns of the FiftyUp Club and other groups and shelved its plans for GP co-payments.[1] CLICK HERE to send a Thankyou email to Health Minister Peter Dutton As you’ll recall, FiftyUp Club Chairman John Mangos met with […]

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A few things you should know about the Medibank Sale (ending tomorrow)

Hello Fellow FiftyUp Club Members, This week sees the close of the Medibank Private float (Friday November 14). Far be it from us here at FiftyUp Club to tell you whether it’s a good deal or not … as the saying goes, “please consult your financial adviser” and read articles such as this one. But we have looked at some […]

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Is the GP Co-payment dead, or is it just resting?

Here at the FiftyUp Club, we’ve been banging on about healthcare costs for the over-50s all year. Never more so than when Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey announced plans for a $7 co-payment every time we visit the GP, X-ray or pathologist as part of the Budget earlier this year. It’s been nearly three months since we travelled to Canberra to […]

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Older Australians support reform but implore Government for relief on health care costs

The FiftyUp Club is today meeting with Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton to ask for relief for the over-50s on health insurance premiums and GP co-payments. On behalf of its 91,652 members, the FiftyUp Club will today ask the Minister: 1.    To reduce the impact of co-payments on Australians aged over 50, particularly pensioners, and 2.    To improve price transparency in private […]

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5 Steps to see if you can save on Health Insurance

Comparing health Insurance policies is not as complicated as it may seem. Many of us fear losing something if we move, but if we’re not prepared to shop around, insurers could be taking advantage of our loyalty. It’s worth taking a few moments to find the cover which suits your needs best, even if you don’t ever use it. The […]

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The Results are in: FiftyUps send a message to the Federal Health Minister

Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton, here I come. I am looking forward to our meeting next week, where I hope to be the voice for more than 90,000 FiftyUp Club members on health care costs. Something tells me it will be a very productive meeting. I will bring with me the results of a survey, which more than 11,000 FiftyUps have answered […]

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A Big Win for the FiftyUp Club in Queensland

Australia’s FiftyUps have done it again. You got behind us last week when we launched a petition on power prices in the Sunshine State. I reported to you private health insurance would be next. I am delighted to announce that with your numbers and support we’ve delivered the goods once again. At the moment this offer is for Queensland members, but we […]

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Petition Update: the Health Minister’s Response

More than 13,000 of you signed our petition calling for greater transparency in private health insurance. You overwhelmed us with 10,000 signatures in the first 3 days. At the FiftyUp Club we heard your voice and felt your passion. And as promised, we took your loud and powerful voice to the Health Minister, Peter Dutton. The Ministers’ office responded to […]

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Tell Canberra how changes to the Pension would affect you

Treasurer Joe Hockey has upped the ante on his pre-Budget rhetoric again today, announcing an “unprecedented” target for cutting spending growth and suggesting the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme could be curtailed along with the age pension and Medicare in the May 13 Budget. Now it’s over to you. We want to know how rumoured changes in the Budget will affect you, so that […]

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