So far so good, and expect this to continue
Policy is great value, only offering the things I need not offering me things that are of absolutely no use to me as is offered by my current health fund
October 28th 2019 Update: Good product, nicely priced
Havent had to use the insurance yet, and hope it will be some time before I ever need it ..... but so far the experience has been positive and expect this to continue into the future.
Excellent private health insurance, great customer service
Great value for the policy, I have been on their extras for a couple of years now. It was easy to set up. Customer service is excellent, especially with their live chat. you can pretty much ask anything, and their staff is all very helpful and friendly (most of the time). Especially this person Shareena, she is very friendly and help me deal with what I needed.
you can lodge a claim online, and usually you'll receive it within a week.
I've been with them for 3 years now.
No more frank health insurance it's cheap but they don't return your hospital expenses.
I bought visitor family health insurance 2years ago. This month first time I lodge a claim which is $500 return but they start playing games and sad bring multiple docs from hospital. I ask hospital they sad we never ever giving these forms to patients even we don't have. I have all invoices which is i already provide to insurance company but they won't help me. Before I was with allianz they bit expensive but good when ever I lodge claim they made more easier for us and return. No more Good by Frank
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Best choice we made was switching to Frank
Yes most certainly good value compared to other funds.
I had never heard of Frank before so was hesitant but had no problems at all.
We were with HCF for many years and it just kept going up in price.
Review collected in partnership with Frank Health Insurance
Decent enough insurance, but needs improvement
I opted out of Medibank after 20 years and chose to go with Frank, partly as it was cheaper and also local to where I lived in Geelong. Me, my wife and our baby are all on a medium level of hospital cover/basic extras for 2 years or so now.
I haven't claimed anything significant, so cant comment on that. Overall, it seems ok, though pretty damn expensive for a "budget" provider ($3200k/year for us as a couple + $750 excess per claims) for what you get, although I guess all providers have put their rates up. Its nice to not have to deal with ov...erseas call centres, as all their staff are based in Geelong. Their online live chat is pretty useful, and you can nearly always get hold of someone over the phone too. Their online system is reasonable but fairly archaic, the clearly dont put a lot of money into their IT. Its also really confusing too, the online help articles are not useful at all. For instance, if you have a couples policy, you will both be on the same policy but have separate claims for different items. So it will show a couples claim limit but its not actually applicable, really confusing. I think you need to check your hospital cover exclusions very carefully to see what is and isn't covered. They wont provide you a list of codes that they pay claims on for medicare rebate items, so you need to ask them every time to see if your issue is covered by their health insurance. This seems kind of weird they wont do that, and in theory they could exclude a lot of things from your cover without you even knowing about it, despite you paying thousands a year. Be careful with this. They also make a LOT of mistakes with admin things, I mean a lot, and I have constantly had to follow up with them. There needs to be a lot of improvement here. Here is an extensive list over 2.5 years or so:
Great service and value for money
I recently called Frank health insurance for a quote for my sons health insurance. The staff member was excellent. He took the time to get know my sons needs and the reasoning behind my choices steering me in the right direction. The price was good for the cover and waiting times are a little shorter than some companies on the market. Because of this I had 3 of my adult children sign up with them recently.
Value for money and kind service.
Decent offering - screwed up billing causing headaches
I have basic + simple extras on no tier (that is I make too much to receive a government rebate).
First thing that is annoying is that basic doesn't come with ambulance insurance and there isn't a simple separate ambulance cover, otherwise I would've chosen that over simple extras. I spoke to a customer support agent on the phone and they tried to seriously claim that I would be covered for ambulance in NSW/ACT for those specific states - which is completely false after calling each respective government agency (but admittedly unclear from the...respective websites). Anyway, simple covers is alright, I was able to use dental without waiting period and got an alright benefit (dental code 011 - calculus removal [i.e. hygienic clean], cost $175, benefit from frank $60.20). What annoyed me is that I changed payment details to a new credit card I received through the website, payments didn't go through for 2 weeks, and finally they sent an email saying I had to _call_ to fix a billing issue. I checked the website first and all payment details disappeared. So I called and the voice recording said I had to wait 5 minutes, but didn't speak to an operator until the 9-10 min mark. This is another annoying point of Frank - getting ahold of customer support is painful. It's not important that I speak with someone urgently but they should offer a callback service via (1) their website using the member services, this way they have the details upfront and call and (2) their on-hold music should allow you to preempt with a callback service.
The worst and lowest pay out for coverage
I was with frank insurance for a number of years. Paid huge amount each month and got bugger all when it was time to claim from my surgery. Was told by the medical staff / receptionist that FRANK is the lowest paying health insurance.
The staff do not properly tell you the complete cost and because they left out a few certain words like ' combined total" I was in for a rude shock when I had to pay more money than thought.
Thinking to Switch
My wife is with frank for a year and a half now. She has the most expensive cover including hospital and 80% extras paying $235 monthly for a single. We had hoped she was covered for everything. However now that it's the time to use it, every quote we getting from frank, compared with other insurers has less coverage. If going to doctors, receptions now saying if you were with HBF, BUPA or ... you would have gotten full refund. So don't get tricked by ratings, as I did 2 years ago, just go with the well known health insurers. When it's the tim...e to claim, as soon as you send any health services code to them, they will return to you we don't cover this or cover it way less than other insurers. So it's not about the way they claim on their website they have you covered, it's all about the service code they will cover. They won't tell you about service codes but general information. Don't get tricked.
I have already been in hospital this year and paid $500 excess and now been told that I have to pay another $250 excess in July when I go in again because of the excess now being $750. I was told previously that I was covered for the year and wouldn’t have to pay again when I asked so I stayed with Frank who I have been happy with but $750 excess for an overnight or day surgery is just too much.
Great extras coverage
Recently joined at end of 2018, when I go to places and my partner also goes, the receptionist always looks at my card funny with a "who's Frank" and then when they see how minimal my gap payment is,
Really easy claims process and never had an issue.
Questions & Answers
Ho my name is Giuseppe Capone member number 321684.
With my working visa coverage I can get reimbursement for medicines like high blood pressure or specialist visit?
We have been with Frank for 3 years and they have been very professional when ever I need to find out anything to do with our policy and claims would recommend them to anyone. The only thing I don't know is if our policy is from January to December or does it restart from financial year.
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