The Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, has called for public consultation on private patients in public hospitals in a bid to further debate on increasing health insurance premiums.
This week the Minister released a paper, Options to reduce on private health insurance premiums by addressing the growth of private patients in public hospitals, it includes new data from the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority. It shows an increase in private patients admitted from public emergency departments increased by 38 percent between 2012-13 and 2015-16.
Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) CEO Michael Roff, said targeting vulnerable patients in emergency departments to sign over their private health insurance is further evidence action must be taken to protect the rights of patients.
“The focus of staff in public hospital emergency departments should be...