Australians value their health a lot; almost 60 per cent of the population have private health insurance. And the majority of people with health insurance, have extras coverage which they simply aren't using. If you have extras, here are 3 products to claim on your health insurance which will improve your daily health.
Using your extras cover
The big advantage of extras cover is being eligible for rebates on specialist care - such as physios and chiros. However, you may not have thought about the simple products which can be used to relieve constant pain, or help you to recover from an injury.
Each year, roughly $4.5 billion worth of extras go unclaimed. This accounts for about half of all extras coverage and means that around half of the people reading this (who have PHI + extras) have rebates which could be used for health services and products!
Here are 3 products to claim on your health insurance
1. Supports and braces
Whether you have an ankle that rolls every now and then, a dodgy knee or tennis elbow. If you’re active in the gym or play sports, chances are you’ve hurt yourself at one point or another.
Wearing a support such as the GenuTrain Knee Support or MalleoTrain Ankle Support, which are made with medical-grade compression, will not only your improve performance by speeding up muscle recovery but they will protect previous injuries and reduce the chance of further damage.
If you're unsure which product is right for you, the team here at Bauerfeind Australia are trained by world-class specialists in Germany and are able to to help you find the support or brace for your condition. With access to our own health insurance database, we can also help check if you’re eligible for a rebate.
As a guide, any mid or high-level extras coverage are likely to include supports and braces.
2. Compression garments
Compression garments can sound like something for older people, or someone who has a serious condition or varicose veins. But, interestingly, 91 per cent of the population, over the age of 18, would immediately benefit from wearing medical-grade compression socks.
There are a large number of athletes who wear compression socks, such as the VenoTrain Micro, after competing. Compression socks increase blood flow which speeds up muscle recovery and reduces tired, achy legs.
If you work on your feet, or travel frequently, then compression stockings will also provide comfort and can reduce the risk of varicose veins developing. The sole of the VenoTrain socks have special pressure relief zones at the heel and the ball of the foot, allowing comfort and support to stay on your feet for longer.
So, if you have extras coverage, you’ll almost certainly benefit from wearing compression socks or stockings, and it's likely you will be able to claim back on them.
Insoles don't get the credit they deserve. For those who have issues with their feet, whether it’s plantar fasciitis, flat feet, high arches, heel pain or heel spurs. Insoles are likely to be common.
For everyone else, wearing insoles will help to minimise the risk of developing foot problems. But they also provide a range of benefits for your posture, knees, back and shoulders. Wearing insoles can help reduce pain in all of these areas.
Bauerfeind has a range of insoles which are comfortable enough to wear all day.
For assistance selecting the right product for your needs, book a video consultation with a Bauerfeind expert: Book Video Call, or call us on 1300 668 466.
Do you have private health? Most private health extras will cover Bauerfeind Products, check to see if yours is included. Bauerfeind Private Health Insurance Enquiry.
Bauerfeind products are developed at our innovation and manufacturing facility in Zeulenroda, Germany. Based on years of scientific research, our award-winning braces and support garments are highly recommended by medical professionals and athletes worldwide.