A suite of private health insurance reforms will help Australia maintain a strong and competitive private sector and protect the health system, Health Minister Greg Hunt has said.
The government introduced a series of reforms to Parliament yesterday that includes allowing discounts for hospital coverage for people under 30, increasing the strength of the health insurance ombudsman and letting private health insurers cover travel and accommodation costs for rural and regional Australians attending health services, reports news.com.au.
"These reforms will therefore help strengthen the viability of the private health system by addressing concerns about affordability, complexity and lack of transparency of private health insurance," Mr Hunt said.
The legislation would also allow private health insurance providers to increase customer excesses in exchange for lowering premiums for the first time since 2001. The increased excess would be A$750 (US$575) for singles or A$1,500 for couples and families.