Private Health Insurance Bill 2007

Health and Ageing 
Originating house
House of Representatives 
Parliament no
Part of a package of seven bills to reform the private health insurance sector, the bill replaces the current regulatory framework with a new regulatory framework which includes measures such as: the introduction of Broader Health Cover which will cover out of hospital services which substitute for, or avert, hospital care; premiums reduction and incentive payments schemes; standard product information; conversion to for-profit status; restructures, mergers and acquisitions of health funds; a comparative website for consumers; changes to Lifetime Health Cover for those with 10 years’ continuous cover; and provides for the Office of Private Health Insurance Ombudsman. 

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House of Representatives
07 Dec 2006Introduced and read a first time
07 Dec 2006Second reading moved
14 Feb 2007Second reading agreed to
14 Feb 2007Third reading agreed to
26 Feb 2007Introduced and read a first time
26 Feb 2007Second reading moved
20 Mar 2007Second reading agreed to
23 Mar 2007Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 104 Government, 1 Opposition and 2 Humphries agreed to
23 Mar 2007Third reading agreed to
House of Representatives
26 Mar 2007Message from Senate reported
27 Mar 2007Consideration of Senate message

Details: House agreed to Senate amendments

30 Mar 2007Assent

Act no.: 31

Year: 2007

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Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
  • As passed by both houses: Final text of bill agreed to by both the House of Representatives and the Senate which is presented to the Governor-General for assent.

Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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