Medibank have been caught out using out-of-date data to prosecute a case for better transparency in the health system, and making claims Australia’s health care is much more expensive than our overseas counterparts.
In an article in The Australian (8 August 2016) Medibank’s Andrew Wilson claims Australia “is not competitive compared to many countries” citing a 2013 report produced by the International Federation of Health Plans (IFHP).
However, the current report from 2015 available on the IFHP website does not support this contention, says Australian Private Hospitals Association CEO Mr Michael Roff.
“Medibank obviously chose the out of date report because in 2013, the Australian dollar was extremely strong against the United States dollar, which distorted the international comparisons.
“The 2015 report, which Medibank chose to ignore, shows...