Will my Private Health cover me?

I have private health cover, is there any rebate for the purchase of an oxygen concentrator or mobility equipment?

REBATES FOR MEDICAL DEVICES – a selection of the larger Australian private health funds.

COMPANYPhone noWebsite AddressP=Partial Rebate X=NA
Australian Unity Health Ltd13 29 39http://www.australianunity.com.au×  
BUPA Australia Ltd134 135http://www.bupa.com.auP  
CUA Health Ltd133 282http://www.cuahealth.com.au×  
GMF Health1300 653 099http://www.gmfhealth.com.auP  
GMHBA Ltd1300 446 422http://www.gmhba.com.au×  
HBF Health Ltd133 423http://www.hbf.com.au×  
HCF13 13 34http://www.hcf.com.auP  
HIF Ltd1300 134 060http://www.hif.com.auP  
Health Partners1300 113 113http://www.healthpartners.com.au×  
Medibank Private Ltd1300 731 744134 190http://www.medibank.com.au×  
NIB Health Funds Ltd13 16 42http://www.nib.com.au×  
Peoplecare Health Insurance1800 808 690http://www.peoplecare.com.auP  
Westfund Ltd1300 937 838http://www.westfund.com.au×  

O2 Oxygen Concentrator,

Australia has 36 private health funds registered under the Private Health Insurance Act 2007. The above funds have been chosen as they are the larger funds. The information has been gleaned from either a direct call to the company or by visiting their website. In many cases the information is not always apparent. As a general guide please always contact your health fund. A rebate may be possible if you ask the specific question of your fund. Rebates on medical devices and mobility aids are linked to your type and level of cover as well as in some cases with your years with the fund. Some rebates form part of the hospital package, but most often they are included under the extras component.

There are a wide variety of benefits provided by the different private health funds, with some offering ‘Wellness’ or ‘Health Support’ programs where you may be able to access specific training in areas such as managing COPD.

A number of funds will provide some assistance with the purchase of an oxygen concentrator. No health fund appears to provide a rebate on any electric mobility aids for example a mobility scooter or an electric powerchair.

Most commonly there is some rebate for the purchase or hire of a wheelchair and in many cases a walking frame.

Please call your health fund to discuss your specific situation.


The information contained in this article aims to assist the public to be better informed. No content should be taken as final and members of the public should always contact their health fund directly to obtain full and up-to-date information.  

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