Jennifer Doggett: takes a rural look at the private health insurance rebate


CPD Fellow Jennifer Doggett, writing in Crikey’s health blog Croakey, argues that the private health insurance rebate rips off the bush.

First published September 16 2010.

“All consumers, with the possible exception of medical specialists and senior health fund executives, should welcome Health Minister Nicola Roxon’s announcement that she will re-introduce legislation to means test the private health insurance (PHI) rebate.

As an industry welfare measure, the rebate has undoubtedly been successful. However, as a health funding mechanism, this scheme is a disaster. Study after study has found that it has virtually no impact on fund membership and that the $4.5 billion spent annually on premium subsidies would deliver better health outcomes if used to directly fund health services.”

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