Media releases 2014

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Media releases 2014

May
21

Medical emergencies top highest travel claims

Thursday, 21 May 2015 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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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
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
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
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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