Health fund coughs up $10,200 for misleading advertising

James McGrath
By James McGrath | 5 May 2015

NIB Health Funds has been pinged $10,200 following a notice from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that it had engaged in misleading advertising.

The fund was forced to cough up after it ran promotions from December 2012 to November 2014 offering consumers a chance to waive a two-month waiting period on extras cover .

The ACCC found that from December 2012, that there wasn't normally a waiting period on the coverage anyway, making the offer misleading.

“Consumers should be able to make informed purchasing decisions. Claims that benefits are only available if a product or service is purchased by a specified date must be true and not mislead consumers,” ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said.

“Businesses which extend an offer for a considerable time beyond its original expiry date should ensure that representations made in connection with the offer do not become misleading to consumers as a result.”

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