Media releases

Feb
04

The most purrplexing pet insurance claims of 2018

Monday, 4 February 2019 by Campbell Gibson

Blankets, sewing needles and hair ties aren’t what comes to mind when you think of a typical pet’s diet. Yet that’s exactly what some of the cats and dogs insured on PetCare policies with Southern Cross Pet Insurance ate in 2018.
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Dec
17

Keep your furry friends happy and safe this summer break

Monday, 17 December 2018 by Jo Lawrence-King

SPCA and Southern Cross Pet Insurance share expert tips on taking your pet with you on holiday or leaving them at home.
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Dec
10

Bats, babies and wheelchairs: some of 2018’s unusual travel insurance claims

Monday, 10 December 2018 by Campbell Gibson

An encounter with a bat and a monkey eating sunglasses are among some of the stranger claims Southern Cross Travel Insurance has received in the past year.


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Dec
06

Value and Affordability a key focus at Southern Cross Health Society AGM

Thursday, 6 December 2018 by Jo Lawrence-King

At Southern Cross Health Society's AGM, Chairman Greg Gent and CEO Nick Astwick highlighted the organisation's financial performance, and focus on value and affordability.
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Nov
28

Southern Cross Health Society boosts in-house wellness expertise

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 by Campbell Gibson

Southern Cross Health Society has strengthened its workplace wellbeing expertise to help meet growing demand from Kiwi businesses for robust programmes to support the health of their people.


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Oct
31

Southern Cross releases first Pulse Report

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 by Campbell Gibson

The six month report includes information such as the number of surgeries Southern Cross funds through its insurance business and take place in its hospitals, interesting travel insurance claims, and what illnesses Kiwis have been searching for in the medical library.


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Oct
30

BeingWell Conference presents ‘The How’ of mental wellbeing at work

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 by Jo Lawrence-King

More than 500 people will attend Southern Cross Health Society’s BeingWell Conference on Thursday 1 November to discuss mental wellbeing at work.


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Oct
24

Protect your pet from paw-tential summer cat-astrophes

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 by Campbell Gibson

As summer nears and sun safety messaging for humans ramps up, a spate of pet insurance claims shows the need for us to be just as vigilant for our four-legged companions.


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Sep
14

Southern Cross Health Society returns record value to members

Friday, 14 September 2018 by Jo Lawrence-King

Southern Cross Health Society has today released its annual financial results, showing solid growth in membership and value for money delivered to members.
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Sep
11

Veterinarians call for more owners to insure their pets

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 by Campbell Gibson

The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) is calling for more owners to insure their pets so they have more options for treatment and care should their pet get sick or injured.


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Sep
04

Southern Cross Hospitals moves into preventative care with 50 per cent purchase of MedPro

Tuesday, 4 September 2018 by Jo Lawrence-King

The move is part of Southern Cross Hospitals’ strategy to broaden its offering into illness prevention and early health and wellbeing intervention.
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Aug
28

The biggest Smile yet — free dental care for low income Kiwis

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 by Campbell Gibson

Hundreds of low-income adults throughout the country will receive free dental care in midSeptember, thanks to a joint campaign by Southern Cross Health Trust and New Zealand Dental Association.
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Jul
24

Southern Cross Health Trust funds essential health positions at Auckland City Mission

Tuesday, 24 July 2018 by Jo Lawrence-King

Southern Cross Health Trust has made a three-year commitment to fund two essential clinical positions at Auckland City Mission’s General Practice; the Calder Health Centre.


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Jul
05

Families becoming more adventurous in their winter holidays

Thursday, 5 July 2018 by Jo Lawrence-King

While Australia and the Pacific Islands have been the traditional destinations for families travelling during the winter holidays, the USA and Indonesia, with its most popular island, Bali are becoming increasingly popular.
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Jun
27

Protect your pet from a ruff car ride these holidays

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 by Campbell Gibson

Southern Cross Pet Insurance and the SPCA are calling on pet owners to keep their animals safe every time they take them in a vehicle, particularly in the lead up to the school holidays.


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Jun
18

Eight hour ‘Live Well’ benefit for employees believed to be first in New Zealand

Monday, 18 June 2018 by Jo Lawrence-King

Southern Cross Health Society has announced the one-year trial of a ‘Live Well’ day: offering all employees up to eight hours’ paid leave to attend personal health, wellbeing and ‘life admin’ appointments.


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May
24

High-quality endoscopic care coming to Lower Hutt

Thursday, 24 May 2018 by Campbell Gibson

Southern Cross Hospitals Limited has joined forces with a group of specialists to build a new endoscopy unit in Lower Hutt to service the Hutt Valley, Wairarapa and Kapiti Coast.


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May
14

Curiosity almost killed the cat - 10 unusual pet insurance claims

Monday, 14 May 2018 by Campbell Gibson

Southern Cross Pet Insurance has released its 10 most unusual claims of 2017, with the list dominated by dogs who have an appetite for everything from gloves and cotton buds to duvets and even dead pets.
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May
14

‘Take Life Back’: call to action from Health Society

Monday, 14 May 2018 by Jo Lawrence-King

Southern Cross Health Society this week launched a fresh new brand platform - ‘Take Life Back’ - urging Kiwis to reclaim the things that are important to their health and wellbeing.
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May
03

SCTI encourages travellers to ‘Free Your Adventure’ in new ad campaign

Thursday, 3 May 2018 by Campbell Gibson

Southern Cross Travel Insurance has launched a new trans-Tasman campaign encouraging people to think about their individual sense of adventure, rather than what may or may not happen to disrupt it.
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Apr
23

Online era presents benefits and issues for GPs

Monday, 23 April 2018 by Jo Lawrence-King

Research by Southern Cross Health Society reveals that digital and online tools can provide benefits and challenges to GPs.
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Apr
04

New North Shore Surgical Centre will offer orthopaedic treatment

Wednesday, 4 April 2018 by Campbell Gibson

A group of orthopaedic surgeons has teamed up with Southern Cross Hospitals in a joint venture to build a state-of-the-art day stay hospital in Milford on Auckland’s North Shore.
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Mar
21

Prevent chocolate poisoning your dog this Easter

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 by Campbell Gibson

Chocolate eggs are all part of the fun at Easter but dog owners need to be on alert for wrappers and chocolate left lying around.
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Mar
14

Society joins movement to help Kiwis Choose Wisely

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 by Campbell Gibson

As part of its commitment to help members live their healthiest lives, Southern Cross Health Society has become a sponsor of Choosing Wisely.
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Mar
06

SCTI reveals most expensive claims of 2017

Tuesday, 6 March 2018 by Campbell Gibson

Kiwi travellers don’t need to be heading on an intrepid journey to land themselves in a foreign hospital with a massive bill – it could happen from something as simple as falling down stairs.
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Feb
19

Southern Cross Travel Insurance strengthens executive team in line with growth strategy

Monday, 19 February 2018 by Campbell Gibson

Eight months into his role Southern Cross Travel Insurance’s Chief Executive Chris White has made three senior appointments to support the company’s vision for growth in Australia and New Zealand.
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Jan
31

Timely travel insurance saves couple more than $53,000 for cancelled trip

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 by Campbell Gibson

Travel insurance saved Auckland couple Donna and Peter McConnell $53,000 when they had to cancel their “trip of a lifetime” cruise in November due to Peter’s illness.
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Jan
19

New Year resolutions

Friday, 19 January 2018 by Campbell Gibson

Employers can play a role in helping staff keep their wellbeing resolutions.
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Jan
18

Southern Cross Health Society awarded Rainbow Tick

Thursday, 18 January 2018 by Campbell Gibson

Southern Cross Health Society is today being awarded the Rainbow Tick, recognising the health insurer’s commitment to providing an inclusive and progressive workplace.
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Dec
12

Things to consider before gifting a pet for Christmas

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 by Jo Lawrence-King

A cute puppy sitting under the Christmas tree may sound like a great gift idea, but it can sometimes lead to heartbreak for the animal – and the recipient.


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Dec
07

Society AGM officially welcomes CEO

Thursday, 7 December 2017 by Campbell Gibson

Southern Cross Medical Care Society held its AGM yesterday, where it affirmed its commitment to quality and affordability for its members
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Nov
29

Society appoints Dr Stephen Child as CMO

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 by Campbell Gibson

Southern Cross Health Society has appointed Stephen Child to the newly-created role of Chief Medical Officer, as it looks to strengthen its medical expertise.
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Nov
28

Southern Cross wins gold in Quality Service Awards

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 by Jo Lawrence-King

Southern Cross Healthcare Group has taken out a hat trick of golds at the Reader’s Digest annual Quality Service Awards this week.


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Nov
15

Richie McPaw and Harrison Pawd among NZ's quirky pet names

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 by Campbell Gibson

Richie McPaw, The Taxman, Pickles and Compost. These are among some of the country’s quirkiest pet names revealed by Southern Cross Pet Insurance today.


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Sep
20

Switch off for a better break these school holidays

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 by Janine Kendall

These days we rely on our smart phones to keep us connected to the world, but research from Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI) suggests the devices may be doing just the opposite.


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Sep
15

Southern Cross delivers top value and growing membership

Friday, 15 September 2017 by Janine Kendall

Southern Cross Health Society has today released its annual financial results, showing solid growth in membership as it continues to deliver excellent value for money.


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Sep
01

Beware the ordinary in extraordinary places

Friday, 1 September 2017 by Janine Kendall

Sometimes it’s the everyday things, not the extreme-action adventures, that cause travelers to come unstuck.


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Aug
30

Free dental care for low income Kiwis

Wednesday, 30 August 2017 by Janine Kendall

A healthy smile is important when it comes to first impressions so Southern Cross Health Trust and the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) have teamed up to offer low income adults free dental care.


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Aug
21

Pet owners opting for oodles of Spoodles and Cavoodles

Monday, 21 August 2017 by Janine Kendall

Southern Cross Pet Insurance data shows the number of designer dogs insured has increased 22 times over the past decade, with Cavoodles and Spoodles the most popular in 2016.

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Aug
01

Kiwi businesses still need to gear up for third age

Tuesday, 1 August 2017 by Janine Kendall

Three in four New Zealand businesses still don’t have policies or arrangements in place for older workers despite the country’s ageing workforce.


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Aug
01

Kiwi workers still soldiering on when sick

Tuesday, 1 August 2017 by Janine Kendall

More than 40 per cent of kiwis are still turning up to work sick, despite a continuing improvement in business culture that encourages unwell staff to stay home.


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Aug
01

Workload the leading stressor for NZ businesses big and small

Tuesday, 1 August 2017 by Janine Kendall

Workplace stress continues to rise across New Zealand businesses, with general workload now being the leading cause of anxiety not just for larger enterprises, but smaller ones too.
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Aug
01

New survey reveals health of Kiwi workers and workplaces

Tuesday, 1 August 2017 by Janine Kendall

The latest Wellness in the Workplace Survey results released by Southern Cross Health Society and BusinessNZ have revealed a current picture of workplace health and wellness for Kiwi workers.


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Jun
26

Man’s best friend costing a fortune

Monday, 26 June 2017 by Janine Kendall

Southern Cross Pet Insurance has released a list of the top five unusual claims from the past year to highlight the odd situations pets can get themselves into, and the financial headaches they create for the unprepared.


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Jun
19

Kiwis urged not to rely on fundraising in lieu of travel insurance

Monday, 19 June 2017 by Janine Kendall

One in six New Zealanders is putting themselves at risk by travelling overseas without insurance, instead relying on public appeals for money to pay medical bills should something go wrong.


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Jun
12

A winter walk could be just what the doctor ordered

Monday, 12 June 2017 by Janine Kendall

Winter is here and as the temperature drops it can be tempting to go into hibernation. But while the chilly days offer little motivation to get off the couch, keeping active is key to taking care of your health.


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May
25

New and enhanced benefits for Society members

Thursday, 25 May 2017 by Janine Kendall

From July 17 Southern Cross Health Society will be introducing or enhancing a number of member benefits as well as expanding its Affiliated Provider programme, now in its twentieth year.


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May
16

New Head of Distribution for Southern Cross Health Society

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 by Janine Kendall

Kerry Boielle has joined Southern Cross Health Society as Head of Distribution, overseeing direct and intermediated sales.


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May
16

Southern Cross appoints new Travel Insurance CEO

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 by Janine Kendall

Southern Cross has appointed Chris White to lead its Travel Insurance business, taking up the role earlier this month.


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May
08

New Cancer Assist gives Kiwis money and options

Monday, 8 May 2017 by Janine Kendall

New Cancer Assist product add-on provides extra financial support at a time when emotional, physical and financial pressures can mount.


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Mar
17

New Zealand’s first charity mobile dental clinic clocks up 400 smiles

Friday, 17 March 2017 by Janine Kendall

Just four months into its journey, New Zealand’s first charity mobile dental clinic has already given more than 400 disadvantaged patients new reasons to smile, with free dental procedures.


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Mar
01

Additional medical expertise for Southern Cross Health Trust and Hospitals Boards

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 by Janine Kendall

Doctors Martin Misur and Arthur Morris have been appointed as Trustees of the Southern Cross Health Trust and Directors of Southern Cross Hospitals Limited.


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Feb
02

Southern Cross Pet Insurance release top claims

Thursday, 2 February 2017 by Alistair Gray

Any pet owner will attest to the fact that dogs will eat almost anything and cats make full use of their nine lives.
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Dec
22

The high cost of an overseas medical emergency

Thursday, 22 December 2016 by Alistair Gray

New research from Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI) has revealed that Kiwis are unaware of the astronomical costs that come with a medical emergency overseas.


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Dec
14

Puppies and kittens not always the purrfect Christmas present

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 by Alistair Gray

SPCA and Southern Cross Pet Insurance urge people to check before giving pets as presents.
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Dec
02

Southern Cross Health Society appoints new CEO

Friday, 2 December 2016 by Alistair Gray

 Southern Cross Healthcare Group today announced the appointment of a new CEO for its health insurance arm, Southern Cross Health Society.


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Dec
02

Southern Cross holds 2016 AGM in Christchurch

Friday, 2 December 2016 by Alistair Gray

Southern Cross Medical Care Society welcomed a new Director at the Annual General Meeting held in Christchurch yesterday.
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Nov
17

New Rotorua private oncology clinic a first for Southern Cross network

Thursday, 17 November 2016 by Alistair Gray

Cancer patients in the southern Bay of Plenty now have the option of receiving treatment locally with the opening of a new private oncology clinic at Southern Cross Hospital Rotorua.


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Nov
17

Robotic technology is giving Kiwis with oral cancers a better chance at beating the disease

Thursday, 17 November 2016 by Alistair Gray

Kiwis with oral cancers can now have their tumours removed robotically through a new surgical technique.


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Oct
17

Southern Cross Health Society to relaunch its corporate wellbeing

Monday, 17 October 2016 by Alistair Gray

Southern Cross Health Society to relaunch its corporate wellbeing services and implement the dacadoo Health Score Platform in New Zealand.

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Oct
12

A taste for leftovers leaves New Zealand pets obese

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 by Alistair Gray

New research from Southern Cross Pet Insurance shows 11% of dogs and 15% of cats are overweight.

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Oct
04

Southern Cross Travel Insurance launches new website

Tuesday, 4 October 2016 by Alistair Gray

Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI) is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new website with an ergonomic interface and easy navigation, to ensure a quick and efficient purchase process for new and existing customers.



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Oct
03

Revealed: What’s making us stressed

Monday, 3 October 2016 by Alistair Gray

A new survey has found that almost 60% of Kiwis are stressed at least once a week - with financial and work related issues stressing out younger Kiwis, while their older counterparts are more likely to be stressed out about health.


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Sep
21

One in five Kiwis risk it all overseas

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 by Alistair Gray

New research conducted by Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI) has revealed that one in five Kiwis travel without insurance.

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Sep
20

Health Society statement re digital breast tomosynthesis

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 by Alistair Gray

In May Southern Cross Health Society completed a clinical assessment of digital breast tomosynthesis.

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Sep
15

Kiwis relying more on private healthcare

Thursday, 15 September 2016 by Alistair Gray

A significant rise in the number of elective surgical procedures paid for by not-for-profit health insurer, Southern Cross Health Society, shows more New Zealanders are choosing to rely on the private health system.


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Sep
15

Southern Cross results show growing demand for private healthcare

Thursday, 15 September 2016 by Alistair Gray

Southern Cross Health Society released its annual financial results today, showing growth in both membership and the number of elective surgical procedures performed.


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Aug
09

Smile NZ to provide free dental care for low income Kiwis

Tuesday, 9 August 2016 by Alistair Gray

Low income adults are eligible for free dental treatment from 8-14 August through Smile NZ – a joint initiative run by the Southern Cross Health Trust and New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA).


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Jul
11

Southern Cross Health Society, CEO Peter Tynan stepping down

Monday, 11 July 2016 by Alistair Gray

After 12 years at Southern Cross Health Society, CEO Peter Tynan is stepping down.


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Jun
30

Small people making big claims

Thursday, 30 June 2016 by Alistair Gray

Not-for-profit health insurer Southern Cross Health Society funded 215,711 specialist appointments and procedures for children and young adults in 2015 – with the more expensive claims topping $50,000.


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Jun
22

For the Love of Dog – Chemotherapy, brain surgery and gall stone removal

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 by Alistair Gray

There is a growing trend of pet owners forking out for treatments that have traditionally been associated with humans, and pet ownership can break the bank.


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Jun
15

Southern Cross release top claims for each age group

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 by Alistair Gray

Southern Cross Health Society has released the top five surgical claims by paid total for men and women in each age bracket.
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Jun
06

Rotorua hospital takes lead in nursing practice

Monday, 6 June 2016 by Alistair Gray

Rotorua’s Southern Cross Hospital is the first private surgical hospital in the country to have two Nurse Practitioners (NPs), and it’s locals having elective surgery who will reap the benefits. 


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May
20

No laughing matter

Friday, 20 May 2016 by Aimee Bourke

Southern Cross Health Society have released a new TVC challenging millennials to take charge of their health.
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May
16

One in five get sick on holiday

Monday, 16 May 2016 by Aimee Bourke

Sickly sightseers, green globetrotters and tepid tourists – unfortunately, most of us have either been or seen these types of travellers struggling through a holiday.
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May
05

Southern Cross members among New Zealand's most satisfied

Thursday, 5 May 2016 by Aimee Bourke

Southern Cross Health Society members are among New Zealand’s happiest customers, according to a run of awards the insurer has won recently.
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May
03

Disaster prone dogs cost owners

Tuesday, 3 May 2016 by Aimee Bourke

What dog owner would anticipate their furry friend getting a foot caught in a toilet seat and the resulting pain – for the dog and the owner’s wallet.
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Apr
18

Southern Cross announces new health insurance plan for younger Kiwis

Monday, 18 April 2016 by Aimee Bourke

Southern Cross Health Society has announced the release of a new health insurance product specifically designed for younger individuals, couples and families.
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Apr
16

Kiwis are clueless about healthcare costs

Saturday, 16 April 2016 by Aimee Bourke

Research by New Zealand health insurer Southern Cross Health Society has shown that many Kiwis are clueless about the costs of common surgeries.
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Mar
30

Southern Cross is expanding into life insurance

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 by Aimee Bourke

 "A natural extension for a Kiwi institution with a significant track record in looking after people."
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Mar
09

da Vinci Coming to Auckland

Wednesday, 9 March 2016 by Aimee Bourke

Southern Cross’ North Harbour Hospital has purchased a third-generation da Vinci robot for the Auckland region and is having it installed for debut this month.
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Mar
07

What were they thinking? SCTI opens the lid on fake claims

Monday, 7 March 2016 by Aimee Bourke

Travellers tempted to try and cash in on their travel insurance policies may find themselves talking to the police instead of their insurer. 
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Feb
24

Nutrition Foundation call for ‘old-school’ common sense

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 by Aimee Bourke

A quick news search will confirm what many of us see on a day to day basis – a glut of differing diet advice, confusing and contradictory expert opinions, and celebrity ‘tips and tricks’ to help shed extra weight.
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Feb
23

Making the most of life with cancer

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 by Aimee Bourke

For people living with secondary breast cancer, access to practical help is essential for maintaining a positive life. Now, a charity offering free support and services for these people and their families has extended their assistance into the South Island.
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Jan
26

Southern Cross announces insurance benefits not seen before in NZ

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 by Aimee Bourke

New Zealand’s largest health insurer Southern Cross is adding an allowance for prophylactic treatment and increasing the surgical claim limit on most of its plans.
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Jan
21

One in five lie to their doctor

Thursday, 21 January 2016 by Aimee Bourke

One in five Kiwis lie to their doctor about because they’re ashamed of their unhealthy lifestyle.
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Jan
14

In denial about our sweet tooth

Thursday, 14 January 2016 by Aimee Bourke

Kiwis are in denial about their sugar habit and quick to criticise others, according to research by Southern Cross Healthcare Group.
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Jan
08

Local residents to benefit from state of the art theatres

Friday, 8 January 2016 by Aimee Bourke

Further benefiting local patients, new post-operative patient recovery facilities and two state of the art theatres are in the process of being added.
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Dec
24

Health and wealth stress us out

Thursday, 24 December 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Health and money are the two things stressing us out according to a recent survey by New Zealand’s largest health insurer Southern Cross.
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Dec
22

SCTI release the highest claims for 2015

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI) paid out over half a million dollars for one claim in 2015, the second highest in the company’s history.
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Dec
21

Smelly travellers getting up your nose

Monday, 21 December 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Smelly travellers are getting up the nose of Kiwi holidaymakers who say offensive body odour is the most annoying thing about fellow passengers on a flight.
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Dec
02

Southern Cross AGM results

Wednesday, 2 December 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Southern Cross Medical Care Society welcomed a new director, among other business, at their Annual General Meeting held in Ellerslie yesterday.
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Nov
27

Plan ahead for pet's sake

Friday, 27 November 2015 by Aimee Bourke

The SPCA are calling on owners to plan ahead for their pet’s old age, or unexpected injuries or illness.
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Nov
24

Southern Cross cracks down on suspicious claims

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Southern Cross Health Society is cracking down on suspicious claiming and poor billing practices with the introduction and promotion of a new 0800 number – 0800 420 055.
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Nov
16

Southern Cross Pet Insurance partner with SPCA New Zealand

Monday, 16 November 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Southern Cross Pet Insurance has announced a key partnership with SPCA New Zealand.
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Nov
11

Parents anything but sun smart

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 by Aimee Bourke

The sun-smart message isn’t fully getting through to parents with over half (51%) admitting their children have been sunburnt, according to a survey by Southern Cross.
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Oct
28

A tooth fairy for adults

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Southern Cross Health Trust and the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) are playing tooth fairy for low income adults around New Zealand through an initiative called Smile NZ.
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Oct
07

Southern Cross Travel Insurance releases unusual animal claims

Wednesday, 7 October 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Unfortunate encounters with animals were the cause of some of the more unusual claims paid by Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI) in the past year.
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Sep
29

A high maintenance companion Southern Cross release top pet claims

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Broken bones, unsavoury meals and dogged determination were the causes behind some of the more interesting claims paid by Southern Cross Pet Insurance in the year to 30 June.
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Sep
24

Shocking sleep stats

Thursday, 24 September 2015 by Aimee Bourke

With daylight saving starting this weekend, already sleep-deprived New Zealanders are going to struggle when they lose an hour.
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Sep
10

Southern Cross in good health

Thursday, 10 September 2015 by Aimee Bourke

The financial year to 30 June 2015, saw Southern Cross Health Society pay out $738 million - 73% of the country’s health insurance claims.
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Aug
31

Are NZ workplaces ready for the third age

Monday, 31 August 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Almost 80% of New Zealand business aren’t prepared for ageing or retiring workers and don’t plan on putting any steps in place, according to the latest Wellness in the Workplace survey.
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Aug
31

Kiwis continue to turn up sick to work

Monday, 31 August 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Despite a culture change where businesses encourage unwell workers to stay home, over a third of Kiwis’ continue to turn up sick to work. 
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Aug
31

Look at the logic

Monday, 31 August 2015 by Aimee Bourke

New research shows that if fringe benefit tax (FBT) on employer subsidised health insurance were removed over half of New Zealand businesses not currently providing it would look to do so.
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Aug
31

Stress on the rise in New Zealands big businesses

Monday, 31 August 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Stress levels in big businesses are on the rise, bucking a nationwide trend where 6/10 businesses have seen stress stay roughly the same.
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Aug
31

6.7 million working days lost to due to absence

Monday, 31 August 2015 by Aimee Bourke

New Zealand lost 6.7 million working days to absence in 2014 - up from 6.1 million in 2012 - according to the second Wellness in the Workplace Survey.
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Jul
30

Beware the latest tourist traps

Thursday, 30 July 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Fake friends, unexpected wake up calls and public Wi-Fi are just some of the ways you can be caught out by scammers overseas.
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Jul
30

Hung over kiwis still show up for work

Thursday, 30 July 2015 by Aimee Bourke

New Zealanders are more likely to show up for work hung over than take a day off to nurse their sore heads.
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Jun
30

Kiwi coffee lovers prefer an instant fix

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Hold onto your flat white! Despite being a country renowned for our coffee culture a new survey shows the preferred drink is instant.
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Jun
12

Insuring your child's development

Friday, 12 June 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Claims information from New Zealand’s largest health insurer, Southern Cross Health Society, show the nation’s children are high users of health insurance, with procedures that affect sleep, speech and hearing among the most common procedures for children. ment
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May
26

Health insurance payouts top 800 million dollars

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Figures released today show Southern Cross Health Society paid 2.3 million claims in the last calendar year with a combined value of $803.4 million.
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May
21

Southern Cross partner with TVNZ on Kiwi living

Thursday, 21 May 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Sunday’s Miriama Kamo and renowned chef Michael Van de Elzen will host TV ONE’s brand new series Kiwi Living, coming soon to Fridays.
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May
16

Kiwi behaviour overseas

Saturday, 16 May 2015 by Aimee Bourke

With Malaysian police last week arresting tourists who removed their clothes on a sacred Malaysian mountain – it’s timely to remind Kiwis of etiquette and behaviour when travelling overseas.
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May
07

Free dental care for adults

Thursday, 7 May 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Free dental care is being provided for up to 1500 low income adults through a new initiative - Smile New Zealand - funded and organised by Southern Cross Health Trust and the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA).
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Apr
29

Royal children influence pet names

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Since the birth of Prince George in 2013, the name has grown in popularity among pet owners and now ranks 11th for dogs and 7th for cats insured by Southern Cross Pet Insurance.
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Apr
16

Medical emergencies top highest travel claims

Thursday, 16 April 2015 by Aimee Bourke

New Zealand’s largest online travel insurer Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI) has released its highest value claims for 2014.
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Apr
13

Safety pays when travelling overseas

Monday, 13 April 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Natural disasters such as the recent earthquake in Nepal and volcano eruption in Chile serve as a timely reminder to check your destination is safe and purchase insurance long before you travel, advises Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI).
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Apr
09

Overcoming flu vaccination reluctance

Thursday, 9 April 2015 by Aimee Bourke

While research shows that 40% of New Zealand businesses offer free or subsidised flu vaccinations to employees this time of year, HR professionals say persuading staff to participate is the biggest challenge.
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Mar
30

Easter treats a no-no for pets

Monday, 30 March 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Easter is right around the corner but you need to hide the sweets and chocolate from your pets as well as your children.
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Mar
19

Medical woes no longer a pain in the wallet for travellers

Thursday, 19 March 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Southern Cross Travel Insurance is removing its $100 excess on TravelCare medical claims, and is now the only insurer in New Zealand to offer no medical excess as part of their standard policies.
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Mar
03

Minor aches and pains hit employers in the wallet

Tuesday, 3 March 2015 by Aimee Bourke

New research carried out for Southern Cross Health Society shows the overwhelming majority of New Zealanders suffering from joint, neck or lower back pain are not seeking treatment for it.
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Feb
09

Holiday flings not just for young travellers

Monday, 9 February 2015 by Aimee Bourke

We may not like to think of our parents, or grandparents for that matter, having a fling, but the statistics are in and they show that approximately one in ten Kiwi travellers aged 50 or over are finding romance while on holiday.
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Jan
14

Kiwis see sugar as public health enemy number one

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 by Aimee Bourke

New Zealanders appear to be getting the message that we can have too much of a good thing – sort of.
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Jan
06

Employers can help workforce stick to resolutions

Tuesday, 6 January 2015 by Aimee Bourke

New Year’s resolutions more often than not involve losing weight, eating better and exercising more - and these resolutions look likely to top the list again.
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Jan
06

Porky pets

Tuesday, 6 January 2015 by Aimee Bourke

A recent survey by Southern Cross Pet Insurance has found that 19% of Kiwis have put their pets on a diet. 
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Dec
22

Pack your first aid kit

Monday, 22 December 2014 by Aimee Bourke

New research shows that over half of all Kiwi travellers have suffered from some sort of minor illness while abroad - a timely reminder of the importance of packing a first aid kit says Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI).
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Dec
18

Kiwis go online for health information

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by Aimee Bourke

New research from Southern Cross Health Society shows the majority of Kiwis are using the internet or social media to access health information, with females and those under forty most likely to educate themselves online.
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Dec
10

Gifting to pets

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 by Aimee Bourke

As if buying for family, friends and the office Secret Santa wasn’t enough, a number of New Zealanders also tuck an extra present (or two) under the Christmas tree for their pet, according to Southern Cross Pet Insurance.
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Dec
05

Southern Cross AGM

Friday, 5 December 2014 by Aimee Bourke

Yesterday’s Southern Cross Medical Care Society Annual General Meeting saw the retirement of Chairman Graeme Hawkins. His successor, Greg Gent praised the leadership provided by Hawkins, who has served the Society for the last six years.
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Nov
24

What gets your goat

Monday, 24 November 2014 by Aimee Bourke

Dirty accommodation, loud, arrogant tourists and smelly airline passengers are among the biggest irritations when travelling, according to the annual survey of New Zealand travellers carried out by Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI).
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Oct
23

Pet proofing your garden

Thursday, 23 October 2014 by Aimee Bourke

With warmer temperatures and longer hours of daylight, spring and summer are when New Zealanders are most active in the garden – unfortunately this can also coincide with an increase in dog accidents.
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Oct
20

Southern Cross Travel Insurance sees increase in sexual assaults

Monday, 20 October 2014 by Aimee Bourke

With a spike in claims for sexual assaults, Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI) is advising tourists to be extra cautious when travelling.
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Sep
22

Child proofing your holidays

Monday, 22 September 2014 by Aimee Bourke

With the school holidays approaching and many families planning an overseas trip, Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI) is advising parents to pack an extra ration of caution in their luggage.
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Sep
15

Kiwi stalwart delivers outstanding value to members

Monday, 15 September 2014 by Aimee Bourke

The 2014 financial year saw Kiwi not-for-profit health insurer, Southern Cross Health Society, continue to deliver excellent value to its members.
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Aug
20

Southern Cross brings pets into the family

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 by Aimee Bourke

Ellenco Pet Insurance has today officially become Southern Cross Pet Insurance (SCPI) and with the name change comes a whole new set of simplified products, a new website and now the ability to get a quote and apply online.
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Aug
05

Animal antics

Tuesday, 5 August 2014 by Aimee Bourke

Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI) has released its annual round up of animal-related claims and alongside the usual stingers and biters, a few four-legged favourites appear. 
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Aug
04

Head shoulders knees and toes

Monday, 4 August 2014 by Aimee Bourke

Finding the money to pay for private specialist care for very young children can place a huge amount of stress on families.
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Jul
01

New leadership team for Southern Cross

Tuesday, 1 July 2014 by Aimee Bourke

Effective 1 July 2014, Peter Tynan will become CEO - Southern Cross Medical Care Society (the health insurance business), Terry Moore will become CEO - Southern Cross Health Trust (owner of the hospitals, travel insurance, primary care and pet insurance businesses), and Rachel Cunningham will be appointed CEO - Corporate Office (including corporate affairs, legal and secretariat).
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Jun
24

Belt up no matter where

Tuesday, 24 June 2014 by Aimee Bourke

New Zealanders travelling overseas are being reminded to keep their wits about them when it comes to the basics of road safety after a slew of accidents.
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May
21

Medical emergencies top highest travel claims

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 by Aimee Bourke

Travel insurer Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI) has released its 10 highest-value claims for 2013 - all for medical costs as a result of accidental injuries and medical emergencies.
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May
12

Politically independent role recommended to drive healthcare change

Monday, 12 May 2014 by Aimee Bourke

A high-powered healthcare Think Tank has recommended that a politically independent working group or health commission be established to help shape long term health policy and to drive the significant change needed to avoid a healthcare funding crisis.
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May
12

New research with New Zealand thought leaders how to reduce healthcare costs

Monday, 12 May 2014 by Aimee Bourke

Southern Cross Healthcare Group and Massey University are facilitating an invitation-only Think Tank today – where 50 experts in their respective fields will gather in Auckland to propose and discuss pragmatic solutions to New Zealand’s growing and unsustainable level of healthcare spending.
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May
06

Think tank tackles healthcare funding squeeze

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 by Aimee Bourke

How to modify or reduce the rapidly rising demand for healthcare will be among the key topics at a high-powered Think Tank aimed at resolving one of New Zealand’s most pressing economic problems.
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Apr
29

Survey highlights trust issues

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 by Aimee Bourke

Men are more likely than woman to try to cheat their insurer – ironically , they also have the least faith in their insurer doing the right thing.
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Apr
22

Top health insurance claim $104,000

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 by Aimee Bourke

In the last calendar year Southern Cross Health Society paid out $659 million on 2.3 million health insurance claims – 154,000 of these for surgical procedures.
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Apr
01

Snakes on a claim

Tuesday, 1 April 2014 by Aimee Bourke

A near-fatal brush with a rattlesnake, an infected spider bite and multiple scorpion stings top Southern Cross Travel Insurance’s (SCTI) list of unusual medical claims resulting from chance encounters with wildlife.
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Mar
18

Parents play hooky with their kids Southern Cross Travel Insurance survey

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 by Aimee Bourke

A large number of New Zealand parents take their children out to holiday overseas, a Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI) survey shows.
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Mar
18

Controlling the flu season save yourself a headache

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 by Aimee Bourke

As flu season draws near, research has found that close to half of Kiwi employers report ill staff turning up for work when they should be at home.
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Feb
28

Kiwis click their way to health

Friday, 28 February 2014 by Aimee Bourke

An increasing number of Kiwis (55%) are now using the internet to research their medical woes and 22% claim to be doing so once or more each week.
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Feb
25

Kiwis soft drink consumption

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 by Aimee Bourke

On the back of the soft drink/unhealthy food debate, results from Southern Cross Health Society’s annual health survey show 35% of New Zealanders think they consume too many soft drinks.
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Feb
09

Southern Cross expands into new territory

Sunday, 9 February 2014 by Aimee Bourke

New Zealand’s largest health insurer, Southern Cross Health Society, is expanding into new territory with the launch of a direct-to-consumer product at a price point of $1a day for those aged under 35 years.
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Feb
05

Kiwis find dental care a pain in the wallet

Wednesday, 5 February 2014 by Aimee Bourke

71% of New Zealanders say they put off going to the dentist purely because of the cost.
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Feb
04

Holidaying in paradise can be costly make sure you are covered

Tuesday, 4 February 2014 by Aimee Bourke

In the last year, Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI) has paid out a number of medical evacuation claims including $95,000 for an evacuation from Samoa, $67,000 from Norfolk Island and a whopping $180,000 from New Caledonia.
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Feb
03

Southern Cross Hospitals harnesses the power of 3D

Monday, 3 February 2014 by Aimee Bourke

A state-of-the-art 3D HD surgical video system purchased by Southern Cross’ Brightside Hospital in Auckland has the ability to transform the way laparoscopic surgeries are carried out.
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Dog insurance claims over $1000

by Aimee Bourke

Dogs bring their owners countless pleasures, but an unexpected trip to the vet can also mean a financial headache for the unprepared.
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