The Grattan Report ‘Saving private health 1: reining in hospital costs and specialist bills’ makes some claims regarding private health care that do not stand up to scrutiny. There are also glaring inconsistencies between this repot and ‘Saving private health 2: making private health insurance viable’.
Below are some of the myths accompanied by the facts.
Myth: The report claims that the major driver for increase in benefit outlays is increases in hospital payments – accounting for almost two-thirds of the increase.
Busted: Private hospital payments account for almost two-thirds of total benefit outlays from hospital insurance, so they would be expected to account for two-thirds of the increase. In ‘Saving private health 2: making private health insurance viable’ the report states that “Ageing is the most important factor in premium growth.”