Defence Health is delaying its 1 April 2020 premium increase by 3 months to 1 July 2020 in recognition of the financial stress the COVID-19 pandemic is having on members.
Defence Health CEO, Major General Gerard Fogarty AO (Ret’d), said he wants to clearly demonstrate to members that in such an uncertain time, Defence Health is here to support them.
“I recognise the financial stress the COVID-19 pandemic is having on members – and the anxiety this is causing. During this difficult time, my commitment is to ensure our members, community and employees are supported.”
In addition to delaying the premium increase, Defence Health has also expanded relief for members experiencing financial hardship. It will also cover active hospital policy holders requiring COVID-19 related treatment, regardless of their current level of hospital cover.
Defence Health is also introducing telehealth benefits for dietetics, psychology, speech pathology and physiotherapy, and dedicated support for ADF and ex-Serving members.
Defence Health will be communicating its COVID-19 Member Support Program to members in the coming week and will continue to seek ways to support members throughout the pandemic.
. . .