The proposed sale of Medibank Private: historical, legal and policy perspectives

Health Health insurance Privatisation Private health insurance Australia
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The privatisation of Medibank Private, Australia’s largest and only national private health insurer, has been discussed frequently since not long after the fund was established by the Fraser government in 1976. The latest debate commenced in April 2006, when the government announced its intention to sell. This brief by Luke Buckmaster considers the historical development of Medibank Private, some legal issues relating to ownership of the fund and some policy arguments for and against the sale.

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