We found rebates don’t do much to encourage older people to sign up for private health insurance.
Governments spend billions of dollars every year to encourage us to take up private cover. But our research shows this does little to reduce pressure on the public system.
People on higher incomes without private health insurance don’t seem to be swayed by financial incentives, our research shows.
Raising the cost barriers for health care will harm the most vulnerable patients.
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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.
Policy changes have failed to stop young people dropping their private health insurance.
Young people should pay less for private health insurance. So should people who are healthy, as they’re less likely to access private health care.
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.
As more young people drop their private health cover, premiums go up for everyone.
Young people don’t see the value in private health insurance and are dropping their cover in droves. Allowing under 55s to pay lower premiums, based on their lower risk, could keep them in the system.
After an operation, patients might receive half a dozen bills from different health providers involved in their care.
Specialists can charge patients what they want, and some doctors charge exorbitant amounts. A handful of services account for almost 90% of all medical gaps.
Having treatment at home is more convenient for patients.
Patients often want the option to be treated at home rather than being admitted to hospital. But it’s much less likely to happen if you’re a private patient.
Many young people see private health insurance as an unnecessary expense.
Young people continue to cancel their private health insurance despite discounts to entice them to stay. Instead, we should reduce their premiums based on their likelihood of needing health care.
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