The Australian government has released this response to the independent review, agreeing without qualification to thirteen recommendations and agreeing in-principle to the remaining recommendation. The response also acknowledges the excellent work of Professor Peter Shergold and the review panel.
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has announced a package of proposed measures designed to improving governance and decision-making in the private health insurance sector.
This report looks at the challenges faced by consumers, in terms of the affordability and out-of-pocket medical costs associated with private health insurance, including trends in the decline and downgrading of coverage.
To understand why people on low incomes do or do not take out insurance we need to understand their overall financial circumstances and the multiple risks they face.
This report presents information on admitted patient hospitalisations that were completely or partially funded by private health insurance in Australia’s public and private hospitals over the past ten years.
This quick guide outlines the broad arrangements around private health insurance that exist today. It provides brief information on the industry and regulatory arrangements, private health insurance membership and types of cover, government surcharges and incentives, and key features of private health insurance in Australia....
This report provides a comprehensive range of performance information and other statistics about activity in Australia’s public and private hospitals.
Summary: The information used in the report in order to compare health funds is based on data collected for regulatory purposes. This information is the most appropriate, independent and reliable data available.
The report is intended to help you to decide which health...
The latest Australian Child Health Poll has revealed a worrying pattern of practice in Australian health care, in which some unvaccinated children are being refused care by health care providers.
The poll found that one in six Australian children who are not up-to-date with...
Late last year the Federal Health minister, Sussan Ley, acknowledged that the private health insurance system was in need of reform and consulted widely with consumers and other interested groups. More than 40,000 people also responded to an online survey.
A spokesman for Ley...
Audit objective and criteria
The audit objective was to assess the departments of Health and Human Services’ administration, including oversight and monitoring arrangements, for the Indemnity Insurance Fund.
To form a conclusion against the objective, the ANAO adopted the following high level...
We’re paying too much for a bloated financial service sector.
A prominent example is Australia’s largest health insurer, Medibank Private, which in the last financial year absorbed just over a billion dollars of contributors’ premiums in management overheads and profits – $511 million as...
Summary: The reports provide details on trends in membership and benefits paid. The reports detail the number of insured people with hospital treatment and general treatment since 1971 on a State and Territory basis, and show utilisation of health services and benefits paid for...
For healthcare innovation to flourish there needs to be a real market for health services in Australia. Providers that deliver cost-effective, patient-centred care should be rewarded for increased efficiency and lower costs by being able to sell that value-proposition to cost-and quality-conscious...
This report is prepared pursuant to section 167 of the Private Health Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act 2015. The report details the operations of private health insurers including details about:premiums and other amounts payable to the fund; fund benefits and other amounts payable out...
Consumers frustrated by the confusion and uncertainty of choosing the right health insurance policy will gain real buying power under a reform plan proposed by the Consumers Health Forum.
Australia has a public-private health system. Private health insurance (PHI) is a...
Australian governments have maintained a strong focus on health policy over many years. Much of that focus has been cast as a reform agenda, addressing pressures facing health expenditure and public funding of health care; pressures on hospitals and the health workforce,...
This paper is motivated by our attempt to answer an empirical question: how is private health insurance take-up in Australia affected by the income threshold at which the Medicare Levy Surcharge (MLS) kicks in? We propose a new difference de-convolution kernel estimator for the location...
This paper looks at the potential gains and impacts involved from extending the GST to private schools and private health insurance.
The Coalition Government's proposed amendments to the GST have been attacked for disproportionately impacting low-income households. But the GST doesn't...
If the National Disability Insurance Scheme is to be an effective policy for Indigenous Australians, it needs to take into account their particular needs and aspirations.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is one of the major policy innovations of the...