Our history

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Our history

Peoplecare is a not-for-profit health insurer that exists purely to benefit its members. Growing for more than 60 years, Peoplecare now covers more than 78,000 people on more than 35,000 memberships. We also play an active part in several industry associations and joint ventures, aiming to get the best for our members. These associations combine the strength of smaller membership health funds to give us a greater voice in a competitive market.

Peoplecare was established in 1953 as the health fund for John Lysaght Australia
Ltd and later expanded to BHP in the late 1970s. From 2000, the fund offered health insurance to the employees of BlueScope Steel, One Steel, BHP Billiton and a range of more than 40 affiliated companies. In 2006, the fund became an open fund, no longer restricting its membership to employees of these companies, and has since changed its name to Peoplecare. Peoplecare has been open to for the general public since then.

We are governed by a Board of Directors, which includes those elected from and by the membership, as well as a number of appointed Directors. This ensures that the Board has the right skills and experience to effectively manage the fund in a complex industry.

Peoplecare is a leader in both industry and technology initiatives, and we believe that this greatly helps us in our goal of giving our members the best health care possible, both now and into the future.