Westfund Health, which originated in Lithgow, are taking a step to easing the burden for customers during the pandemic announcing a return of $5.1 million to members in an extension of its COVID-19 Community Support Package.
Westfund says community support package is designed to assist its members' health and financial needs during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This is the third time the company has given money back to members.
Westfund CEO, Mark Genovese said he knows the last 18 months has been tough on everyone and hoped this could help change things a little for members.
"We're... very keen to help members through preventative initiatives so they don't get sick at all, and it's been more difficult to do that over the last 18 months. So we acknowledge that our members have - also in original areas, you know, members have been affected in their work if they're tradies - work in the mining industry; the retail industry; in the entertainment industry, our members come from all walks of life," he said.
"And really everyone's been touched. So we thought it was important. But you know, where we could we provide just a small benefit to members to in recognition of the challenges they faced.
"We won't stop here, you know, we will be looking for other opportunities to provide support to our members over the next 12 months, because we think this will continue, the impact will continue to drag on for another 12 months."
The payment will vary according to the level of cover for each membership, resulting in an average payment per policy of $98 and a maximum payment of $220. Funds will be paid directly back to eligible Westfund memberships towards the end of the year.
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