I left the UK four years ago to work in Perth on the west coast of Australia, and it was the best decision I ever made.
As I'm from England, my health is already covered here by the Australian Medicare system - but only for emergency treatment. After asking around, I decided that Medicare wasn't sufficient enough due to my job and active lifestyle. I'm a bricklayer and a keen wake-boarder, both of which can entail a degree of danger without the proper precautions.
I asked around about medical insurance options and a friend told me about HIF, so I checked them out online and found that their prices were great, plus I was reassured by all their fantastic reviews. When I signed up online, HIF was running a special offer on Facebook so I got a $50 cash back bonus, plus they emailed me a visa letter as soon my application was complete (which I needed as part of my 457 visa application).
As well as hospital and medical insurance, I also took out Extras cover, which lets me claim money back on my contact lenses and prescription sunnies, my gym membership, dental work, physio, chiro and more.
I can honestly say that my experiences with HIF so far have been top notch. The staff know their stuff and they treat me like a person rather than a number. They also send me a $70 gift voucher each time I refer a friend! So that's helping my back pocket too.
Anyone who's relocated from the UK will know that being so far away from home(and the NHS!) can be daunting at times, so my HIF policy provides a safety net for my health and peace of mind in general.
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