Australia - More than 2 million dropped their health ins.
Monday, 12 30 2019, Category: Health, Country: Australia
The number of Australians who have dropped their private health insurance in the past five years is likely to top 2.2 million, a figure that will heap further pressure upon federal Health Minister Greg Hunt to tackle premium affordability as the funds prepare to hike them again.
A survey of more than 1000 adults conducted by YouGov Galaxy on behalf of the medical devices industry found that a quarter previously had private health cover but no longer did, with 47 per cent – equating to 2.23 million people – saying they had dropped it within the past five years.
Mr Hunt is consulting on a second wave of reforms to the private health sector, aimed at keeping a lid on premium increases, after announcing an average 2.92 per cent rise to kick in from April 2020, and has promised a further reduction to the cost of medical devices in private hospitals.
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald