Private health insurers need to stop seeking handouts

Stephen Duckett – the director of the health program at Grattan Institute – has lashed calls from the private health insurance industry for the government to lift funding by another $1.2 billion:

Last week’s call by Private Healthcare Australia, the private health insurance industry lobby group, for another $1.2bn handout shows the message has not been heard.

Private healthcare is currently subsidised to the tune of $9bn each year – $6bn through a government rebate that reduces the cost of private health insurance premiums, and a further $3bn for rebates against the cost of medical bills for private inpatients. The latest ask from the industry is on top of that.

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