Report

Value and affordability of private health insurance and out-of-pocket medical costs

19 December 2017

© Commonwealth of Australia 2017
ISBN 978-1-76010-631-7

View the report as a single document - (PDF 823KB)


View the report as separate downloadable parts:

MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMITTEE (PDF 25KB)
ABBREVIATIONS (PDF 13KB)
LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS (PDF 33KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 81KB)

Trends in policy coverage
Role of private health insurance
Report structure
Conduct of the inquiry

Chapter 2 - Consumers (PDF 194KB)

Number and content of policies
Exclusions, co-payments and changes
Affordability and rising out-of-pocket costs
'Junk' policies
Groups who face additional barriers to using private health insurance
Committee view

Chapter 3 - Private health insurance premiums (PDF 183KB)

Factors driving premium increases
Constraining factors
Will premiums go down?
Committee view

Chapter 4 - Using private health insurance (PDF 221KB)

Public hospitals
Hospitals and out-of-hospital care
Case study: dentistry

Chapter 5 - Conclusions (PDF 59KB)

Government's 2017 reforms
Other concerns raised with the committee

Government Senators' Additional Comments (PDF 20KB)

Conclusion

APPENDIX 1 - Submissions and additional information received by the Committee (PDF 44KB)
APPENDIX 2 - Public hearings (PDF 13KB)

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

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