It can be hard to work out what calculations to make when deciding on private health. So we asked a health economist to break it down.
Alberta Minister of Health Tyler Shandro speaks during a press conference in Calgary on May 29, 2020. The Alberta government is proposing legislation to accelerate approvals of private clinics in order to get more surgeries done.
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Recent Alberta legislation increasing privatization in the health sector risks undermining the public health-care system, and will likely put profits over the public interest.
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.
Those facing large price increases might drop or downgrade their cover.
In April, private health insurance premiums will increase by an average of 2.92%. It’s the lowest rise in 19 years but still much higher than wages growth. And insurers still make a healthy profit.
Netcare is one of three hospital groups found to dominated the facilities market.
The entire premise of effective competition is that purchasing of health services should be based on value - a combination of price and quality.
A community care worker providing treatment to a TB patient at her home.
Top-down reforms like those proposed in the NHI Bill need to be complemented by a bottom-up process of health system strengthening.
South Africa has a skewed healthcare system with an under-funded public sector and an expensive private sector.
South Africa’s planned NHI has no equivalent in any setting in the world. It’s deeply flawed on a number of fronts.
Over 80% of South Africans rely on state facilities like Chris Hani Baragwanath, the third largest hospital in the world.
South Africa’s Competition Commission has delayed the release of the final report of an inquiry into the private healthcare again.
Specialists making their fees publicly available is one way to rein in rogue practices.
Australia is the only country in the OECD that allows specialists complete freedom to set their own fees. This puts patients at risk – but the government can help protect them.
The government is effectively undermining the power of Medicare as a single payer and the role of Medicare as a universal provider.
In the final instalment of our series, Lesley Russell asks whether Australians need private health insurance, and what a two-tiered systems means for quality, access and equity.
Medicare and private health insurance partly overlap for hospital entitlements. But nobody can purchase full coverage for health-care costs.
Any new such financing system would need to carefully balance competition and choice, with affordability of coverage and equal access to quality care.
Private health insurance is an expensive way to fund health care.
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Private insurance, by its very nature, suppresses price signals and encourages over-servicing and cost escalation.
The relationship between private health insurance and Medicare has been a problem since the Whitlam government introduced universal health care.
Some people balk at the cost of private insurance – especially the relatively young and healthy – because they don’t see the value of it when they are already covered under Medicare.
How much do Australians pay for private health insurance?
Several private health insurers are trailing schemes to prevent their members’ health deteriorating.
Australia’s population is in the midst of considerable demographic change, with a proportional rise in older age groups. Medical successes can now save the lives of those who would have died from illnesses…
There is no publicly available, solid evidence to show that such outsourcing generates savings for governments. But it could.
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Some insurers are testing opportunities to expand their involvement in primary care.
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“The changes to lifetime health cover will increase [private health insurance] premiums by up to a reported 27.5%. This is hitting many local residents very hard, with some struggling to find the money…
There’s a gap between what people with private health insurance think they’re paying for and what they’re getting.
The number of people with health insurance plummeted in the 1990s, but almost half the Australian population now has private hospital insurance and over half have ancillary or extras cover. But our research…
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