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  • Articles tagged Industry Reform (9)

    Prostheses reform will benefit millions of Australians

    We welcome the Federal Government's latest budget which includes potentially significant reforms to lower the cost of prostheses for Australian private health insurance customers

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    Delivering healthcare differently

    If we were to design healthcare around a patient and their family, it would look quite different to how it does today. This requires an appetite for change, and we think consumers are ready, but funders, providers and governments need to be responsive too.

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    Progress on prostheses reform still key to reducing pressure on premiums

    Private health insurance customers are forced by law to pay more for prostheses than public hospitals pay. This contributes to rising premiums and it's unfair to consumers. There is a better way to pay for prostheses to reduce pressure on premiums.

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    A greater reform effort is needed to keep health insurance affordable

    We welcome further government reforms to private health insurance, but they must be focused on improving affordability and sustainability in the long term. Major changes are needed if we are to protect Australia's strong public-private healthcare system.

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    More prevention is needed but it is not a remedy for all ills

    Is investing in preventable health strategies a solution to making health premiums more affordable? The answer is a resounding yes, but it’s also just one component of a multi-faceted issue.

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    The numbers don’t lie: new ways are needed to continue to provide the best quality healthcare in Australia

    The challenges in healthcare are clear: an ageing population, a growing chronic disease burden, and affordability concerns (including rising out-of-pocket costs). Australia's healthcare system is good, but what got us here will not take us into the future.

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    Power to the patients – more information on specialists and potential out-of-pocket costs

    Customers can now check how often a specialist charges an out-of-pocket for the most common hospital procedures.

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    We know what the issues are, so let’s get on and fix them together

    This week, we've heard a lot about the challenges Australia's high-quality health system faces. We may have different perspectives on the way forward, but there is a great deal the healthcare sector agrees on.

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    Private hospital experience rated highly by customers

    98% of private hospitals were rated an 8/10 or higher by Medibank customers in our latest patient experience survey, highlighting the importance of strong partnerships in healthcare.

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