Medibank Private

Local market open to insurance choice

SPECIAL REPORT: A small but growing Perth-based health insurance fund believes the market dominance of HBF is an unnatural position that can’t last in an increasingly competitive market.

WA companies short of gender target

Only four out of Western Australia's top 20 companies currently meet a gender target set by the Australian Institute of Company Directors, which wants women to fill 30 per cent of board positions on S&P/ASX 200 companies within three years.

West not best in index reshuffle

Listed companies from Western Australia are on the outer in the most recent quarterly reshuffle of the S&P Dow Jones ASX Indices, with high-profile absentees including Iluka Resources, Mineral Resources and Monadelphous Group.

In the swim for diabetes

A new program aimed at prevention for those at risk of type 2 diabetes, and the management of those already diagnosed with the chronic disease, will seek support from Western Australia’s largest healt

Experience you can bank on

Few people are better placed to understand the changes taking place in health insurance than HBF managing director Rob Bransby.

Health funds launch alliance

Mutual health funds including Western Australia’s market leader, HBF, have launched their combined push to take on the private players, which now dominate the sector following the listing of Medibank Private, as well as the growing threat from online aggregators.

HBF at vanguard of NFP health fund alliance

Could health insurance follow the superannuation sector, where industry funds have collectively taken on private retail players? WA’s biggest fund, HBF, is leading a national alliance of not-for-profit health insurers, which are now a minority following the recent privatisation of Medibank Private.

Medibank share offer attracts interest

Medibank Private says the number of pre-registrations for its share offer exceeded its expectations, with 750,494 lodgements received to date.

Asset sales more than a cash cow

Selling assets needs careful management and is much more than just an opportunity to fill the coffers.

Healthy HIF ahead of the pack

When Australia’s health insurance funds increased their premiums at the start of April it was Western Australian fund HIF that had the lowest increases across the board.

Solid figures for GESB, HBF

Two of the state’s largest investment funds have had reported strong returns on investment for the 2012-13 financial year.