Medical bills, financial stress have a damaging impact on the finances of an individual or family in the event of a critical illness
By Fron Jackson-Webb, Stephen Duckett, Fran Baum and Rob Moodie
Posted 14 Sep 2016, 10:19am
Australians are living longer than ever but with higher rates of chronic disease, the latest national report card shows.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's Australia's Health 2016 report, released on Tuesday, Australian boys can now expect to live into their 80s (80.3), while the life expectancy for girls has reached the mid-80s (84.4).
The single leading cause of death in Australia is coronary heart disease, followed by:
Grouped together, cancer has overtaken cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) as Australia's biggest killer. Cancer is also the largest cause of illness, followed by cardiovascular disease:
Husband, father and Aussie larrikin... Wayne was recently diagnosed with a melanoma which understandably hit him and his family hard. However, due to the recommendation he received from his life insurance adviser, Wayne was able to get through this difficult period and come out the other side with a smile on his face.