Spiraling out-of-pocket health care costs, a big concern for older Australians.
What we're calling for
We are calling for reforms to reduce out of pocket health costs associated with Medicare and private health.
Reducing the cost of medical care will ensure older Australians do not miss out on receiving the treatment they need.
In early 2019, the federal government announced it would fund the development of a new website to enable consumers to compare specialist fees. We will work with the government to ensure this tool drives down the cost of health care, and will continue to advocate for ongoing reforms that reduce out-of-pocket health care costs.
We continue to pressure governments and industry to put the brakes on rising health-care costs. Doctors blamed out-of-pocket costs on governments limiting the rebates they received for seeing Medicare patients. The cost was passed on to patients. It was a big win when this was acknowledged and the freeze ended.
Mandatory publication of specialist fees
The publication of specialist fees should be mandatory. In order to have adequate transparency, all specialists should be required to publish their fees. GPs should also be required to inform patients about choice when referring to a medical specialist so patients can explore their options.
Freeze private health insurance premiums to no more than CPI
If premium increases are held to no more than inflation, health costs and premiums won't escalate at odds with other parts of the economy.
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