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Vaping lands 178 people in hospital including children

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The latest data from Private Healthcare Australia – the peak body for health insurers – reveals seven children aged under 15 were hospitalised due to a vaping related disorder or injury since 2020, including a two-year-old. Another 19 young people aged 15 – 24 required hospital treatment connected to vaping. The average time spent in hospital was 5.6 days.

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Health insurance premiums must rise to cover inflation and soaring use of hospital services

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Inflation and soaring use of private healthcare will affect the cost of health insurance over the next year, but health funds are doing everything they can to keep premiums as low as possible for Australians.

Private Healthcare Australia CEO Dr Rachel David said health funds’ submissions to Government to increase health insurance premiums for 2024 reflect inflation, record claims over the past year, and essential costs such as IT upgrades to combat the ever-growing threat of cyber-attacks.

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