I am 28 years old, earning $55k, and curious whether I should get private health insurance. I injured my ankle and had surgery through the public system after waiting a year. Even if I had bought insurance immediately after I hurt myself, there would still have been a year’s wait because my injury was ‘pre-existing’. So should I just continue to set aside some savings to cover my accident-prone tendencies, or should I take the plunge and get private health insurance before I turn 31?
I wouldn’t bother. You’re earning below the threshold for the Medicare surcharge slug, and you’re below the age of the lifetime health cover loading slug. Besides, you already have health cover — it’s called Medicare — and it’s one of the best healthcare systems in the world. My advice would be to do two things: take out a membership with Ambulance Victoria ($44.90 a year), and keep saving up your Mojo.