Chronic disease management: the role of private health insurance – Parliament of Australia – 4 October 2013

Posted on October 4, 2013. Filed under: Chronic Disease Mgmt, Health Economics | Tags: |

Chronic disease management: the role of private health insurance – Parliament of Australia – 4 October 2013

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Dental reform: an overview of universal dental schemes – Parliamentary Library – 22 February 2012

Posted on February 28, 2012. Filed under: Dental Health | Tags: , |

Dental reform: an overview of universal dental schemes – Parliamentary Library – 22 February 2012\

Amanda Biggs, Social Policy Section.  Background Notes

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Private Health Insurance: High in cost and low in equity – Centre for Policy Development – January 2012

Posted on January 31, 2012. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , |

Private Health Insurance: High in cost and low in equity – Centre for Policy Development – January 2012

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Debate: does the private health insurance rebate relieve pressure on public hospitals? – Parliamentary Library Flagpost – 1 June 2011

Posted on June 14, 2011. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning, Health Policy | Tags: , |

Debate: does the private health insurance rebate relieve pressure on public hospitals? – Parliamentary Library Flagpost – 1 June 2011

“As the Government once again prepares legislation to means test the 30 per cent private health insurance rebate—see this recent Flagpost for background—arguments over whether the rebate eases pressure on public hospitals, or exacerbates it, are likely to re-emerge. Because the rebate subsidises the purchase of private health insurance, which can be used to meet the cost of private hospital services, the private health insurance industry and others argue that it keeps pressure off public hospital services. They warn that means testing the rebate will encourage people to drop their private cover and then turn to the over-stretched public hospital system when they require medical treatment. The Australian Council of Social Services counters that the rebate redirects much-needed funding away from the public system—which those on low incomes rely upon—to the less efficient private sector.”

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Private health insurance premium increases—an overview – Parliamentary Library Background Note – 13 August 2009

Posted on August 13, 2009. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , |

Parliamentary Library Background Note
Private health insurance premium increases—an overview
Online only 13 August 2009
Amanda Biggs,  Social Policy Section,

“Contents

Introduction
Approval process for premium increases
Trends in recent premium increases
Table 1: Comparison between annual average percentage increases in private health insurance premiums and the CPI (June quarter)
Table 2: Average premium increases and Medibank Private increases, 2000–2009
Consumer information
Concluding comments

Introduction

Annually the Health Minister announces the average increase for health insurance premiums following the Government’s assessment of applications from health insurers. This attracts considerable media attention. Insurers that then announce premium rises larger than the figure announced by the Minister, may attract consumer complaints to the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman.[1]

On 2 March 2009, the Health Minster announced that premiums for health insurance products would increase by an industry average of 6.02 per cent from 1 April 2009.[2] This average increase is in line with a five year average annual increase of 6.1 per cent.[3]

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 in the increases experienced by individual funds, and outlines recent changes to the regulation of private health insurance that may affect how premium rises are assessed and how they are reported.”

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Unmet needs for primary care in the context of a universal healthcare system: the case of Quebec. – April 2009

Posted on May 20, 2009. Filed under: Primary Hlth Care | Tags: , |

Unmet needs for primary care in the context of a universal healthcare system.  The case of Quebec. Hani Guend, Anne-Laure Tesseron   (pdf – 196 KB)
Centre – Urbanisation Culture Societe, Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Montreal, Quebec, Canada – April 2009   Working papers, 2009-04.

“Even under a universal regime of healthcare insurance, some people find it difficult to access primary healthcare.  This research aims to identify individual and social factors that contribute to these difficulties in the province of Quebec.”

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