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This guide provides an overview of Australia’s complex health system: what governments do, the role of private health insurance, how much we spend on health care, how Australian health outcomes compare internationally, the health care workforce and links to further information and resources.
The paper provides background information on private health insurance arrangements, as well as the challenges emerging from increasing rates of chronic disease, and discusses the role of Broader Health Cover.
In 2007, a series of major reforms to private health insurance...
This paper gives an overview of rises in private health insurance premiums over the last decade.
Early each year the Health Minister announces the average increase to health insurance premiums following the Government’s assessment of applications for increases from health insurers. This announcement invariably...
This background note provides an overview of rises in private health insurance premiums in recent years, outlines possible reasons for these increases and for variations among individual funds, and outlines recent changes to the regulation of private health insurance.
Each year the Health Minister...
The issue of public hospital waiting lists is never far from the headlines and with major reforms to public hospital funding being proposed, it will continue to generate considerable public interest. Recently the Australian government announced $150 million in funding to the states and territories...