Private health insurance


18 Dec 2018

The opioid crisis in the US claimed more than 70,000 lives in 2017, and has further complicated the situation for chronic pain patients. Human Rights Watch surveyed chronic pain patients, healthcare providers and officials and reviewed relevant laws and policies to produce a series of...


For the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018
26 Nov 2018

This report analyses key competition and consumer developments and trends in the private health insurance industry between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018, including ACCC enforcement and other actions relating to the health sector.


How to improve patient care and save public money at the same time
19 Aug 2018

Australia could save $1.5 billion a year on health spending by improving the safety of patient care in hospitals. Safer hospital care doesn’t just reduce harm to patients, it also saves money for taxpayers.


How to improve patient care and save public money at the same time
19 Aug 2018

A conversation with Stephen Duckett on his latest report. Australia could save $1.5 billion a year on health spending by improving the safety of patient care. Safer hospital care doesn’t just reduce harm to patients, it saves money for taxpayers and frees up beds so...


7 Jun 2018

This report discusses the detrimental impacts of the changes on consumers, particularly those in regional Australia. The report also considers the appropriateness of communications that Bupa provided to policyholders about the changes.

Journal article

15 Mar 2018


Private health insurance plays a key role in financing dental care in Australia. Having private dental insurance has been associated with higher levels of access to dental care, visiting for a check‐up and receiving a favourable pattern of services. Associations with better...

Discussion paper

7 Feb 2018

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.


4 Feb 2018

This report exposes the flaws in Australian hospitals’ safety and quality monitoring regime, and recommends reforms that could result in an extra 250,000 patients leaving hospital each year free of complications.


19 Dec 2017

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.


6 Dec 2017

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.


4 Aug 2017

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....



17 Nov 2016

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...


17 Feb 2016

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...


18 Apr 2015

Chapter 8 of the book, Markets, rights and power in Australian social policy , edited by Gabrielle Meagher and Susan Goodwin, and published by Sydney University Press.

Since the 1980s, changes in government policy have encouraged corporate investment into the hospitals, medical centres,...


1 Sep 2006

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...


15 Sep 2004

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,...



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