Australian Private Hospitals Association chief executive Michael Roff has dismissed the Greens’ plan to scrap the private health insurance rebate, warning of the untold consequences it would have on Australia’s health system.
Greens leader Dr Richard Di Natale has called the rebate “wasteful” and said it had failed at easing pressure on public hospitals.
Senator Di Natale said the money needed to be spent in the public system where it would take the pressure off hospital waiting lists, reduce waiting times in emergency departments and help fund public dental care.
But Mr Roff slated the plan, saying the removal of the rebate would erode patient choice and funnel more patients into a public system not equipped to deal with such a high volume of admissions.
“The benefits to the public system of the rebate are clear and the Greens need to check the...