Private health insurance

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Demand for private health insurance
Health insurance premiums
Medibank Private
NARROWER TERMS
Report

The perceived value of insurance for low-income households

This report provides an extensive analysis of how low-income households both value insurance and what they consider when making their insurance decisions. The findings point to both practical barriers, such as cost, for low-income households, as well as attitudinal differences in the perception of how...
Report

Stopping the death spiral: creating a future for private health

For the past twenty years, private health insurance premiums have been rising faster than wages and inflation. Australians are paying more, but getting less. This report outlines a path that the federal government and the industry can take to create a viable future for private...
Report

Managing health provider compliance

The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Australian Department of Health’s approach to health provider compliance.
Report

Health expenditure Australia 2018-19

Regular reporting of national health expenditure is important to understanding Australia’s health system and how spending relates to changes such as the ageing population, increased chronic disease prevalence, and medicinal and technological developments. This report presents estimates of the amount spent on health goods and...
Blog post

COVID-19 and private health insurance

The COVID-19 pandemic presents both opportunities and challenges to private health insurers, with short-term and long-term impacts and questions being raised about its role and relevance during this time.
Discussion paper

Private eyes…, hips, etc

The research in this paper suggests that Australia’s private health insurers are set to enjoy a windfall of between $3.5 billion and $5.5 billion over the next six months.
Commentary

Young people dropping private health hurts insurers most, not public hospitals

New private health insurance data show young people are continuing to drop their cover. But the industry's argument a youth exodus will put pressure on public hospitals isn't necessarily right.
Report

Report to the Australian Senate on anti-competitive and other practices by health insurers and providers in relation to private health insurance

This report analyses key competition and consumer developments and trends in the private health insurance industry between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019, including ACCC enforcement and other actions relating to the health sector.
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Saving private health 2: Making private health insurance viable

Younger consumers are spending more on private hospital insurance, but getting less value for their money. The industry faces major issues, as costs for older people rise and younger people leave. This report lays out a transition to make private hospital care better value for...
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Saving private health 1: reining in hospital costs and specialist bills

Private health insurance premiums could be cut by up to 10 per cent if private hospitals were made more efficient and stopped over-servicing, according to this Grattan Institute report. The report also highlights the additional costs generated by a handful of ‘greedy’ doctors charging their...