Another grim week leaves private health insurance on life support

‘Private health insurance is seen by virtually all as being too expensive, too complicated and not offering value for money,’ says Linc Thurecht from the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP In April this year, the health minister, Greg Hunt, introduced reforms the government said would make private health insurance easier to understand and more affordable. The changes, described by the federal government as the most significant reforms to the private health insurance system in a decade, included classifying the some 70,000 private health insurance policies available into gold,…

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Life in the home counties brings 16 more years of good health…

Wokingham, Berkshire, has the highest healthy life expectancy in Britain at 70.7 years. Photograph: Greg Balfour Evans/Alamy The gap in healthy life expectancy between parts of Britain has widened over the past decade to become as large as that between the UK and Sudan, a leading group of parliamentarians has warned. In a sign of growing inequality in Britain, residents in Blaenau Gwent in south Wales can now expect up to 16.4 fewer years of good health than those in Wokingham in Berkshire, according to a report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group…

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Health Tips: Best Medicinal Herbs For Longer Life

Have you ever given a thought about how people in olden days used to cure themselves with simple medicinal plants? India was once a pioneer in promoting research on traditional therapy and medication from plants, the branch of science which is renowned all over the world as ‘Ayurveda’. What is most interesting part is that unlike the present allopathic medication, most of these medicinal extracts are completely safe and have no side effects whatsoever when used judiciously. The immense contribution of these plants in making our lives better is unfathomable.…

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4 Popular Punjabi Breakfast Dishes You Must Try Once In Life

Punjabis and their love for food is not an unknown fact. Popular for their vivacious and vibrant culture, a major part of their joie de vivre is associated with their deep rooted affection for all things good, greasy and indulgent. From the lip-smacking sarson ka saagto buttery dal makhani and who can forget the global phenomenon butter chicken,Punjab’s contribution to Indian cuisine is immense. But it isn’t just heavy lunch and decadent dinner that Punjabi cuisine in famous for. The extensive range of Punjabi breakfast has gained its own share of stardom in the foodie…

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True Life: I Made Pickle Guacamole And It Was Actually Good

The whole world is a little bit obsessed with guac. I feel like I’ve heard the popular adage “guac is extra” about a million times this year. My theory is that the popularity of avocado toast spawned the popularity of guac (or is it the other way around?) and we’ve been payin’ extra ever since. This particular guac is a little different then our average. That’s because this guac has pickles! This should come as no surprise to you, dear reader, since 80% of my recipes alone use pickles. Call us crazy (like, that’s…

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Microsoft Unveils ‘Always Connected’ PCs From Asus, HP With 4G LTE and 20-Hour Battery Life

HIGHLIGHTS ASUS and HP will make the first Always Connected PCs The PCs will have built-in 4G LTE connectivity and longer battery life Pricing and availability details to come later, third model in works At an event in Hawaii on Tuesday, Microsoft announced the launch of the world’s first ‘Always Connected’ PCs, running Windows 10 on ARM-based Qualcomm SoCs. Microsoft Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group Terry Myerson showed off the first-ever Always Connected PCs from Asus and HP. These new laptops will offer built-in LTE connectivity and longer battery life than…

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Life Beyond Fiery Red Fish Curries: A Discovery of Konkan Food

I  had recently gone to the newly opened Toast and Tonic restaurant at Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). One of the dishes that I tried from Chef Manu Chandra’s menu was the Poached Shrimp in a Kokum and Coconut Broth. The dish really stood out in terms of the texture of the shrimp. It was neither over-done, nor raw. The shrimp had a buttery taste which was balanced beautifully by the contrasting sharpness of the tangy kokum and coconut broth. As a dish it seemed very different from anything that I had…

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Blame Technology, Not Longer Life Spans, for Health Spending Increases

American life spans are rising, and as they are, health care spending is, too. But longevity is not contributing to the spending increase as much as you might think. The median age in the United States will rise to about 40 by 2040, up from 37.7 today. That’s partly because the average American lives three years longer today — reaching nearly 79 years old — than in 1995. The Congressional Budget Office credits population aging for a substantial portion of its projected increase in health care spending — from 5.5…

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Education lays basic foundation in one’s life: Jharkhand Governor

Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu Sunday said that education plays a vital role in laying the basic foundation in one’s life and is necessary to be successful. “It develops students’ personality, sets up physical and mental standard and transforms their living status,” Murmu said at the Golden Jubilee Year Celebration of Jawahar Vidya Mandir in Shyamali, where cricketer M S Dhoni studied. Congratulating the school on the occasion, the Governor said it is among the well recognised institutions which have been providing quality education in Jharkhand. She said that in the present…

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In the world of Bansals, woman-led The Label Life aims to be a profitable online lifestyle store

From three brands to one umbrella brand, The Label Life’s journey of taking tough calls and surviving rough winters. “Have we lost the plot?” “Is this why I really started the business?” These are questions most entrepreneurs either avoid or never quite get around to answering.  Preeta Sukhtankar, however, reached this stage within a year of starting up. The Label Corp has been in existence for over three years now, but the team celebrated their first-year anniversary this year. The first anniversary marks their shift towards one single brand. Preeta…

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