Government review of private health insurance

The Government is currently reviewing the health system with the aim of making it more efficient and sustainable. Both the public and private sectors are impacted by the growth in chronic disease, rising cost of health services and the ageing population.

More than 40,000 Australians have responded to the Government’s online survey of private health insurance.

We asked our members what they thought and the responses we received have informed our formal submission to the Government review.

Some of our recommendations include:

  • Removing restricted treatment from all hospital cover

  • Containing prostheses costs by linking them to public hospital rates

  • Allowing reimbursement for the travel and accommodation of rural members when treated in private metropolitan hospitals

  • Allowing insurers to provide cover for two parents and disability-dependent adult-children under the one family policy.

There are many more recommendations in our full submission, which can be viewed here.

We fully support the review and hope any new initiatives will ensure the affordability and access to quality and timely health care into the future.

Thank you to all our members who participated in the Defence Health survey.