Report

Out-of-pocket costs in Australian healthcare

22 August 2014

© Commonwealth of Australia 2014
ISBN 978-1-76010-066-7

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MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMITTEE (PDF 25KB)
ABBREVIATIONS (PDF 12KB)
LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS (PDF 30KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 26KB)

Terms of Reference
Conduct of the inquiry
Acknowledgements
Notes on references
Structure of the report

Chapter 2 - Out-of-pocket expenditure in Australian healthcare (PDF 366KB)

Introduction
Current out-of-pocket healthcare expenditure
Key areas of expenditure
Committee view

Chapter 3 - Co-payments (PDF 193KB)

Introduction
Impact of co-payments on consumers ability to access health care
Impact on health outcomes and costs
Effect of co-payments on other parts of the health system
Introduction
Appropriateness of current safety nets and other offsets
Recommended changes to the safety nets
Committee view

Chapter 4 - Current market drivers and the sustainability of the health system (PDF 54KB)

Market drivers
Access to comprehensive health data
Sustainability of the health system
Committee view

Chapter 5 - Private health insurance (PDF 62KB)

Introduction
Private health insurance in primary healthcare
Role of private health insurers to reduce out-of-pocket costs
Out of pocket costs associated with the private health system
Ensuring a high level of information disclosure
Committee view

Chapter 6 - Conclusion and recommendations (PDF 39KB)
Coalition Senators' Dissenting Report (PDF 42KB)

Health Expenditure
Out of Pocket Health Expenses
International Comparisons
Government Measures addressing out-of-pocket expenses
Recommendations

APPENDIX 1 - Submissions and additional information received by the Committee (PDF 20KB)
APPENDIX 2 - Public hearings (PDF 14KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3515
Fax: +61 2 6277 5829
community.affairs.sen@aph.gov.au