Australians are being urged to prioritise their health and wellbeing, with research revealing more than 40 per cent feel cost or time pressures are the main barrier standing in their way.
The Bupa Pulse Check study revealed that of the 38 per cent of Australians who say they are struggling to maintain their health and wellbeing, 50 per cent feel cost was a barrier, with the survey also showing women faced more hurdles than men when it came to improving their health and wellbeing.
Bupa health insurance data shows dental check-ups were the most common extras claimed, with optical, physiotherapy, mental health and pharmacy also among the most common claims.
Bupa Dental managing director Dr Ros Blakley said addressing patient cost of living issues was a major focus in the current inflationary environment. The company now offers gap-free simple dental fillings, mouthguards and check-ups to health insurance members who visit Bupa Dental.
“With the average filling costing about $220 we know this will be a welcome change for our customers,” said Dr Blakley. “If you have been too busy and haven’t had a dental check-up this year, it’s definitely a good idea to book one in now while appointments are still available for 2023 as regular dental checks are vital in ensuring the health of your mouth along with your general health”.
Bupa Health Insurance director Andrew Wilkinson added, “Now is the time to tick off the things on your to-do list before the busy festive season begins. It’s also a good time to review your policy to make sure it meets your current health and wellbeing needs.”