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Public policy and private health insurance: distributional impact on public and private hospital usage in New South Wales

15 Sep 2004
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The new private health insurance reforms - in particular the 30 per cent rebate and Lifetime Health Cover - were partly aimed at relieving pressures on public hospitals. Combining the use of two new models - Private Health Insurance and NSW hospitals - Agnes Walker, Richard Percival, Linc Thurecht, Jim Pearse estimate that, with the reforms, 15 per cent fewer individuals will use public hospitals in 2010 than without these reforms. But they find that most of the impact was due to Lifetime Health Cover, and not to the 30 per cent rebate.

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