Consumers warned about health insurance exclusions

AHEAD of a hike in health insurance premiums, consumers are being warned that choosing cheaper, leaner policies may leave them out of pocket in the future.

The Federal Government has approved an average increase in private health insurance premiums of 5.6 per cent, which will take effect from Monday.

It will mean single people pay about $1.70 extra per week, while the average family on top cover will be charged an extra $3.70 per week.

The Government has urged people to shop around, but consumer health advocates are warning people to make sure they get the right cover, not just the cheapest.

Carole Bennett from the Consumers Health Forum says many cheaper health insurance policies come with exclusions in cover.

Read more at ABC news online.