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article / 18 Jul 2017

Healthshare partners with the Australian Health Service Alliance (AHSA) to help increase Specialist cost transparency for over 2 million Australian Patients



Healthshare, Australia’s leading digital health platform, has today announced a major partnership with the Australian Health Service Alliance (AHSA), an organisation representing 27 Australian private health funds. The innovative partnership will help members of the AHSA-affiliated funds quickly and easily find a medical specialist who participates in their fund’s No Gap or Known Gap scheme, via Healthshare’s specialist directory.

The directory is available to General Practitioners (GPs) via their clinical software. As a result, patients likely to have surgery can discuss with their GPs upfront about being referred to a specialist with no out-of-pocket costs at the location of their choice. Utilising Healthshare’s market-leading practitioner referrals platform, the GP can then automatically populate a referral through their clinical software including patient and specialist details.

Alternatively, the 2 million members of the AHSA affiliated funds are also empowered to do their own research and find the same information via Healthshare’s consumer website.

The partnership with the AHSA follows Healthshare’s previously announced partnerships with HCF and Medibank. Healthshare’s specialist directory now lists the Gap Cover participation information for 30 out of the 37 funds in Australia, covering over 6 million Australians.

Healthshare’s CEO, Rami Weiss, says: “We are thrilled to partner with the AHSA on this important initiative. Providing transparency around gap cover participation empowers patients, and their GPs, to make better informed health decisions, which is at the core of our company’s objectives”.

“Our website now receives approximately 500,000 unique visitors every month from Australian patients seeking reputable health information. I am proud that Healthshare is the only independent specialist directory that offers specialist gap cover participation information”.

AHSA’s CEO, Andrew Sando, says “Many patients want assistance in managing their out of pocket medical costs. Many funds through AHSA already offer no gap or known gap schemes which are utilised by many doctors and provide some surety to patients on medical costs. We are excited to embark upon this partnership with Healthshare in making available to our member funds and their policyholders and GPs a means to obtain more information about specialists’ use of our member funds’ gap cover arrangements. In accessing this information the anticipation is that policyholders will be empowered to make more informed decisions to derive greater value from their private health cover and reduce their exposure to out-of-pocket medical costs".

Healthshare and its private health fund partners will be announcing other initiatives shortly to further improve the customer experience when searching for a specialist.

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