The continuing increase in private hospital admissions and a recent boost in private health insurance participation shows that patients are confident they will receive high-quality treatment in private hospitals, says Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) CEO Michael Roff.
Episodes of care in the private hospital sector increased by 2.6 percent for the July-September quarter in 2019, according to the latest data on private health insurance from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA).
Private health insurance participation increased by 15,000, helping to offset a slight decline for the overall year.
“It is encouraging to see,” Mr Roff said.
However, he was concerned that nearly 60 percent of private health insurance policies still exclude certain services despite government reforms aimed at...