If you listen to the experts, we’re bringing up the cotton wool generation, a bunch of kids who are so cosseted that they’re scared to step away from their smart screens and into their back yards. Well, it seems the experts are wrong.
Official statistics show that Aussie kids are as adventurous – and accident-prone – as ever, with accidents and injuries sending them to hospital at alarming rates. In fact, the stats show that more than 600,000 Australian children were admitted to hospital in 2011/12, most of them babies and children under five. And boys are the biggest daredevils, accounting for almost two-thirds of child hospital stays during that time.
So why are so many of our youngsters filling up hospital beds? According to figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), our kids are being struck down by injuries and poisonings more than anything else.
Of those children that are admitted electively to hospital, one in five are there for surgery, with children aged between five and nine years more likely to go under the surgeon’s knife. Among the most common elective procedures for Australian children are surgeries to remove tonsils and adenoids.
It’s not all broken bones and accidental ingestion of medicines or household chemicals. Australian children are also frequently rushed to hospital because of asthma. It may surprise you to know that one in ten kids suffer from asthma, but what is less surprising is that they are five times more likely to be hospitalised for asthma than grown-ups.
Even so, it’s not injuries or surgical procedures that pose the biggest issues to the long term health of our kids – it’s their eyes. Eye disorders, including poor eyesight, are officially the biggest health challenge for Australian children, with girls more likely to need glasses than boys. But it’s not just needing new specs – some eye problems are serious enough to land children in hospital, with almost one-third of those kids requiring treatment in a private hospital. And don’t even get us started on the expense of dentist bills.
With all these health issues confronting Australian families, it makes sense to have private health insurance so that you can be prepared if your child needs treatment. Choosi is a free no-obligation service that helps parents and carers compare and contrast different health insurance policies so that families can find the one that suits them best from amongst some of Australia’s biggest health insurance providers. These include NIB, Australian Unity, GMHBA and CUA Health.
Families who already have private health insurance can also use Choosi to check that their current health fund still suits their needs, and that they are not paying too much after the across-the-board health insurance premium rises that took effect at the start of April.
To find out more or to search for a private health fund that’s right for you and your family, visit Choosi.
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