The cost of overcoming the Easter binge

Lindt, Cadbury, Nestle. Eggs, bunnies, bilbies. Hands up if you over did it at Easter? If you're looking to get your health back in check after a particularly indulgent long weekend, we've done the research to let you know just how much that might set you back.

Let’s start with the good news. According to RACQ’s latest ‘Cost of Living’ report, compiled with Deloitte Access Economics, Queensland has cheaper health services than New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. Our Medicare contribution comes in at $55.78, $8 cheaper than our closest Southern neighbour. If you’re tummy’s reeling from an Easter cocoa overload, a visit to the GP in our sunny State will cost you on average $33.81 but if you’re heading to a specialist, you can expect to fork out as much as $74.76.

We all know chocolate isn’t great for teeth and you should be ready to part with a 50 (well $59 to be exact) for a basic check up at the dentist. Did you know almost a third of Aussies admit they’ve avoided or delayed a trip to the dentist because of that cost? While a regular examination is consistent in price, other dental procedures vary considerably, so do your research and agree on a price before you get in the chair.

What’s on your lips today is on your hips tomorrow, or so the saying goes. If that thought has you cringing post Easter, you might consider joining a gym. Did you know participation in fitness activities is the second most common form of sport for Queenslanders, after walking? For a weekly membership to one of the big chains, you can expect to pay between $14 and $23 but if you’re looking to save cash, check with your employer and health fund to see if there are any available discounts.

Speaking of health funds, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to insurance providers in Queensland but how do you know which one is right for you? Read the fine print to know what you’re covered for and don’t rely on comparison websites to do your research for you. The ACCC recently warned these sites don’t always show all relevant information and website administrators can receive financial incentives.

So, if you’re a festive feaster now is the time to get your health back up to scratch – after all, it’s only eight months until the silly season!