For an overview of the health policies released to date, go to APHA’s 2016 Australian Federal Election page.
The Coalition statement on Private Hospitals;
The Coalition recognises that private health is a fundamental part of Australia’s health system, offering consumers greater choice and access while taking pressure off Medicare and public hospitals to ensure their universality remains sustainable.
Read the full statement below Coalition Statement
2016-17 Federal Budget wrap-up;
The 2016-17 Budget provided few surprises on the health front, but the Federal Government used it to announce two key committees that will impact private health care.
A Private Health Sector Committee with 12 members representing private hospitals and consumers – among others – will be charged with advising the Government on private health insurance reform.
A reconstituted Prostheses List Advisory Committee will work with the Government towards more sustainable pricing for medical devices.
PH News spoke to Australian Private Hospitals Association Chief Executive Michael Roff about what the two committees mean for the private hospital sector.